assertive & non-violent resistance
I was texting with my girlfriend tonight, who in college experienced sexual assault. I told her that one of the signs I made tonight: "No consent? No pussy." will be carried tomorrow in her honor, to send a message to pussy-grabber-in-chief that I resist his misogyny. Assertively and non-violently.
I agree with Anne Lamott, who says in her book, Bird by Bird, that truth is always subversive. Truth disrupts, it interrupts, it resists. I also believe that the most effective type of subversion is non-violent.
As I march tomorrow, no matter the provocation, I will simultaneously practice assertiveness and non-violence. Just the way our historical leaders have taught us:
"At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love." (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
"Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man." (Mahatma Gandhi)
"Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less." (Susan B. Anthony)
Yes, we're fired up.
Ready to go?
Yep, we're ready to go. Assertively and non-violently.
Let's stay safe and be heard.