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Women in Mexico join march against Trump

It's a wakeup call: 'What the heck is going on in the United States?'

Women in Mexico joined others in Washington, D.C., today for the Women’s March on Washington, an event that was initially intended to share concern over Donald Trump’s election as United States president.

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It began with a Facebook post proposing a demonstration. By this afternoon it had become a massive demonstration not only in Washington but in cities around the world.

Hundreds turned out in front of the U.S. embassy in Mexico City to express worry and anger over the Trump presidency, carrying signs bearing calls for gender equity, an end to racism, respect for Mexico and other messages.

The abortion issue was also raised: “Abort unwanted presidencies,” read one sign.

“Love trumps hate,” read another.

It was expected that women would march in at least 10 Mexican cities and that may if not most would be expatriates from the U.S. who live in Mexico either full or part-time.

March organizers in Mexico saw the event as more than an anti-Trump demonstration, saying they wished to focus on communicating support for core human values and issue a call to action to sustain women and families, civil and human rights, diversity, ethics in government, adequate universal health care, environmental protection and a fair and equal justice system.

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For one, Janet Blaser of Mazatlán, inclusion and acceptance were key issues.

The march organizer and magazine publisher said Mazatlán has a history of immigrants who were welcomed from many countries, such as Spain, Germany, France and the Philippines.

“This inclusion has built a city proud of its many-faceted heritage. Now, American and Canadian retirees flock here and add to our vibrancy.” It was that inclusion and acceptance that motivated her to organize the march, she said.

“The truth is that in order to build a better future for our children and ourselves we must do it together, with respect, honesty and dignity for all. Despite those who want to build walls that separate, literally or ideologically, ultimately we are all one people, living on one planet.”

In Oaxaca, Kathie McCleskey saw the march as a wakeup call. “It’s a women’s march but I think it is also a general worldwide thunderbolt to tell us to stand up and say ‘what the heck is going on in the United States.’

“Oaxaca is a special place for me, and when I think of the many recent threats and bullying taunts directed at Mexico and Mexicans, it makes my blood boil. All of this is to instill fear in people. So I march for Mexico and for Mexicans in the United States, to ensure that their treatment by the U.S. government during these strange times is fair, under the rule of law and compassionate.”

Roberta Christie also planned to march in Oaxaca. “What we are doing is very important, especially if the message is clear that we are acting in solidarity with Mexico and are horrified at the threats this president-elect is making, insulting a proud nation that has been our ally and trading partner. His false, hateful characterizations of Mexicans are deplorable and dangerous in the extreme.”

Similar sentiments were echoed by expats in San Miguel de Allende.

“I stand together with all peoples for the protection of our rights, knowing diversity is our strength,” said Honey Sharp, an organizer of the march in that city.

“This city is the third largest expat community in the world,” said Kathleen Cammarata, also an organizer. “We, the Mexicans and the expats, work together as a community. We are marching for our rights as women and humans regardless of race, creed or country.”

One Oaxaca march organizer would prefer to see bridges rather than walls.

“For me,” said Jacki Cooper Gordon, “there is a devotion to making sure that human rights, and the right to a good education, a belief in science, and access to health care for all at home are protected and expanded rather than destroyed. And I strongly believe that we should be building bridges not walls between the U.S. and Mexico, and that protecting our Mexican sisters and brothers and other immigrants who are in peril in the U.S. is crucial.”

As of late this afternoon, Reuters reported that hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered in Washington, numbers that were unexpectedly high and an indication of the strong public opposition Trump might face in office.

Source: Milenio (sp), Animal Político (sp), Reuters (en)

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  • Banned by Wonkette

    Those ex pats should realize that under Mexican law they are not allowed to participate in politics of any kind in Mexico.

    • Such demonstrations were against the politics in the US and not against the politics in Mexico.

      • Banned by Wonkette

        “Of any kind”

        • Are you referencing Article 33? That article forbids foreigners from getting mixed up in Mexican politics on pain of expulsion from the country. Often forgotten by those who brandish Article 33 is that the same article guarantees foreigners all the same rights that attach to Mexican citizens–including freedom of expression. Please graciously accept that you are wrong, but of course Article 33 does guarantee your freedom of expression to continue expressing your wrong-headed thinking.

          • Banned by Wonkette

            Wrong headed? I suppose it depends on how the local authorities feel about the people “protesting”.

            Given that the ladies are anti-Trump, the federal authorities probably would join the protests.

          • Banned by Wonkette

            Also, given how your politics is informed by all things of and by the left, I am not surprised you would jump to the defense of these people (leftists, like you).

    • Can’t get involved in MEXICAN politics. As has been noted elsewhere here, parading against Trump in Mexico, no matter your nationality, will more likely win you a trophy than a trip to the jailhouse.

      • Banned by Wonkette

        Because “of any kind” doesn’t mean what it seems to mean.

        Especially with butthurt Mexican politicians, authority figures, and expat white knights.

      • Michael C

        In our silent demonstration around the plaza in Patzcuaro, MANY Mexicans came up to us, asked to take our photo…….and THANKED US for speaking up!! Right from the people!

        • No surprise there. The Mexican media and the Mexican people focus entirely on one issue of the Trump presidency. The wall thing. They know nothing of the wider issues of why Trump was elected. It’s natural, I guess.

          • Kris Thompson

            You do not go abroad and insult the President of your own country in public. It is a disgrace by any standard. Neither does the government of Mexico like such activities by foreign visitors. Hope they get locked up or deported eventually.

          • Well, doing what they did does seem quite tacky.

          • SickofLiberalbs9999

            That’s the amazing thing.
            Mexicans do not respect foreigners who disrespect their own home country.
            Mexicans respect patriotism over politics.
            And Mexicans hate traitors.
            So these leftists anti-American Americans are fooling themselves.

          • Nonsense.

  • Griff

    And women’s rights in Mexico are better than the USA??????

    • In the moment they are but if the Donald and his GOP co-conspirators have their way, they will set the clock back to at least the 50s so that abortion is again illegal and husbands have legal control over their wives and daughters. Going backwards is not the way to go.

  • Chris P. Bacon

    Mexico just deported 91 Cubans the other day.

    • Where did you see this? What was the reason? One assumes they did something illegal, for which deportation is appropriate.

      • GOPerson

        One of Obama’s parting gifts, he rescinded the ‘Wet foot,dry foot’ policy we had with the Cubans that had escaped tyranny.

        • Chris said Mexico deported them, not the U.S.

          • GOPerson

            That’s correct. But without that policy the Cubans would not be allowed in the States and would be stuck in Mexico. Mexico actually deports thousands that come up from South America and after the wall is built, it will be all of them.

      • Chris P. Bacon

        I saw it on the news. The Cubans were in Mexico illegally so they were deported. Mexico has no problem protecting their sovereignty, but accuses America of racism for deporting Mexicans. Hypocrisy at its finest.

  • There was a group of seven Gringo dingalings on the Plaza Grande of Patzcuaro where I live who stood there with posters on Inauguration Day that dissed Trump and “gave thanks” to Mexicans for being so lovely and wonderful and generous and kind, etc. I think they were nervous that we were gonna kick them out of the country or something, which would not be a bad idea. Too many Gringos down here are left-wingers.

    • Kris Thompson

      Kick them out. We need the cleansing. How may expats in Patzcuaro? 400-500? These 7 wackos are ruining it for the rest.

      • Nobody knows how many expats live in Pátzcuaro with certainty. The number seems to be about 400, which is way too many. I doubt the silly protest ruined it for anyone. If anything, it put smiles on the faces of passing Mexicans. Disliking Trump is all the rage. Not for this Mexican, of course, but I’m hardly typical.

        • Kris Thompson

          Mexicans, in general, want to get along with their Northern neighbor. The dislike of Trump as perceived will fade quickly. The wackos will hopefully leave soon. Most are just fly by nights.That is after they went around ruining everything around them. I see, the over-tipper in the pink shirt tagged right along with them.

  • You got that right, brother.

  • alance

    This event on Saturday was a huge outdoor therapy session for losers.

  • Thanks for the link. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many geriatric hippies in one place at the same time. By the way, I canceled your vote for Hillary.

    • Kris Thompson

      I’d say deport them!

      • If the Mexican government did anything, which it won’t, it would be to pat them on the back and buy them a margarita.

        • Kris Thompson

          I am not so sure if this will be tolerated in the future. Mexico will negotiate with Trump and settle for whatever. Amicably. Afterwards, these libturds will be considered a nuisance. Just like stray dogs.

  • Kris Thompson

    Ingratiate is a nice way of saying it.

  • Kris Thompson

    I bet you most of these traitors to their country protesting are drawing a government pension or social security from the evil empire. A bunch of hypocrites at their best behavior.

  • Henry Wilson

    answer: americans finally elected a guy who said this nation is not going to bend over for mexico anymore. that is “what is happening in the united states.”

    • The United States bends over for Mexico? Yeah, right.

      • Henry Wilson

        has for more than 30 years….but that day is ending. read it and weep, fool.

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