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ONLINE: Brockport takes over Women's March

by Tori Martinez - Lifestyles Editor
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 11:00 am
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On the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, nearly half a million women and men from all over country traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Women's March on Washington. 54 members of the Brockport and surrounding community, including faculty, staff, students and villagers, rented a Covered Wagons Tour bus for the seven-hour drive where they attended the march and rally that followed. Other members of the community made the commute to D.C. on their own as well.  

"We marched for individuals of all genders, sexualities, abilities, ages, races and religions that felt threatened in any way by the rhetoric of the election cycle and what may lay ahead in the next four years," Community Ambassador for Community Development Tambria Schroeder said.

Preparations and planning for the Women's March began November 9, the day after Trump was elected president which led to the planning of 673 sister marches that were held globally. Schroeder, who lead the Brockport group, planned and facilitated most of the trip, with help from Brockport Student Government to sell bus tickets. Schroeder was already planning on attending the march, but when student after student approached her about attending as well, she decided to organize the bus trip.

Being able to attend the march with the Brockport community was important to Barbara LeSavoy. LeSavoy, who is the director and an assistant professor of Brockport's department of women and gender studies, has a deep love and appreciation for where she lives and works, which is what made going with the group even better than going on her own.

LeSavoy was horrified when Trump was elected because he is "so problematic on so many levels." Organizing and attending the march was not even a question for her; LeSavoy has always been passionate about social justice and activism, especially concerning women's rights. She went to the march to collaborate and unify with women from all over the country, and to figure out what the next necessary steps to help protect, preserve and fight for women and human rights.

Attending the march empowered her even more, but after 24 hours, eventually led to a despair. She thought: what do we do now? Where do we go from here?

"What I really want to do is hang up my academic robes and scholar work and go be part of the resistance," LeSavoy said. "We need a revolution."

LeSavoy believes in a revolution because liberal feminism has failed America; we're constantly fighting and working within the constraints of what has been built for the patriarchy. Besides this, liberal feminism has only helped the progression of white, middle-class women, leaving women of color, impoverished women and women of the LGBTQ community in the margins. If America wants to see real change for women's rights and ensure women don't lose them, it is going to need a revolution. Although LeSavoy would love to drop everything and "join the resistance", she acknowledges that in reality, she can't abandon her obligations, especially with two daughters at home.

So what can be done in Brockport? According to LeSavoy, the next step is to have meetings, conversations and work together to strategize marches and protests. People need to keep having conversations about the issues Trump and his administration are causing or issues they are worsening, including Trump's new immigration ban that was announced January 27.

One step the Office of Community Development is taking is hosting its Women's March on Washington: Conversation & Engaging in 100 Days of Activism, to be held Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Union room 114. Organizers of the Women's March have created 10 actions to perform every 10 days that will keep the momentum of the march going, which can be found on womensmarch.com. Action one out of 10 is to write postcards to your senators explaining what matters to you and how you will continue to fight for it. Community Development will provide postcards and pizza.


Keep an eye out for other events to come; Schroeder and LeSavoy will continue fighting and won't be silent about it.

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