Pledge for Action (and self-Education) in Support of All Who Remain Oppressed
In response to Barbara Sostaita's article, I'll Pass on "Unity" and the Womens March, I have created this petition to answer her call. Allyship of white women for women of color, transwomen, sex workers, undocumented women, incarcerated women, poor women, lesbians, bisexual and queer women, women with 'dis'abilities, (and their genderqueer and men counterparts) has involved too much empty talk and not enough action. Please sign below to pledge for her (edited) suggested changes in action: When Trump or others comes for undocumented people and families, I will literally put my body on the lines for them. When shit hits the fan and our Black, Muslim, undocumented, Native, queer sisters’ lives are in jeopardy, I will be among the first ones there. I understand that my white sisters (and their mothers and their grandmothers) voted in Trump. I recognize that women of color have been struggling their entire lives. Racism is not new and resistance has never been optional. Beyond marching for a day, I commit to the lifelong struggle against hatred and oppression in all its forms. In addition, I pledge to continue to educate myself until I die, listen and give credit vs. speak for others, take responsibility for my mistakes, celebrate vs. co-opt, engage vs. blame, and invite critique from those who've lived through oppression that I've (and my ancestors) have been greatly privileged to avoid).