Solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington in Bethlehem

The following is the full transcript of the speech given by our club president, Naomi Winch, on January 21, 2017 at Payrow Plaza in Bethlehem. To view the full speech and Naomi’s powerful delivery, visit our Facebook page.

 

“Thank you to all the parents who brought their children here to this rally. You are empowering your children to be change makers of this world, that they have a voice and it’s their responsibility to use, to stand up to injustices, vote in every election, that they too can run for office.

You make the change that you want to see.

We are living in an era of intolerance and hate that we thought was in the past

We never thought our children today would hear racism from their peers, their family, and their government that marked the youth of our parents.

We thought that the basic human rights for our LGBTQIA family was the last battle we would have to fight.

We never thought that standing up for people who had less privilege than a white, straight, christian male would cause us to be separated from some of our closest friends and dearest family.

We never thought that the hard working class and union brothers and sisters would vote red.

We never thought that women would vote for a candidate that threatened the repeal of Roe v. Wade.

Just like you I thought that Hillary or better yet Bernie was gonna win.

We were wrong.

We can no longer be at rest.

There is no more letting racist, xenophobic, homophobic, or misogynist comments slide by.

Silence is consent.

There is no let the other guy run for office.

It has to be us.

There is no more we don’t talk about politics or political apathy.

Because it costs lives.

We can band together and use our talents and voices to change the direction that our country is on, halt the injustices and protect the vulnerable

I am a stay at home mother of 3 boys and the president of East Penn Democratic Club we organize throughout Lehigh County to protect all of our families, friends, neighbors, land, jobs and our planet.

We all have the responsibility to fight and act for everyone to:

have a right to healthcare,

have a right to good equitable schools,

have a right to healthy and sufficient food,

have a right to clean air, water and a healthy planet,

have the right to not worship or worship any God they choose,

have the right to live without fear of being attacked, or treated less than equal because of the color of our skin, the God we worship, the person we love, a disability that plagues us or the genitalia that we have.

Join us – bring our voices together as one!

Thank you.”

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