The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chicago Women’s Demonstration

Feb 5, 2018

On the anniversary of last year’s enormous women’s marches, there was an important demonstration in Chicago. Like last year’s demonstrations, this one also focused on Trump.

Some people thought it was a little smaller than last year’s march. The organizers said it was bigger, with three hundred thousand people there. Whatever it was, it was huge.

It was billed as a “March to the Polls.” And banners and signs spoke to that: “Repeal and Replace GOP!” “The Resistance Strikes Back Nov. 6!” “Make America Kind Again!”

Along with the speakers, who were mostly Democratic Party elected officials, the banners indicated it was primarily a Democratic Party led and/or sponsored protest. The goal, clearly put out there, was for participants to help the Democratic Party defeat Republicans in local, state, and national elections. Women were encouraged to run for office. Several voter registration stations were available to protestors.

We can expect to see more of this kind of thing as this election year rolls on – with the Democrats moving to speak in the name of people who have real grievances about their own situation, but working to divert the anger people have into anger against Trump and the Republicans.

Women have real grievances today. Three hundred thousand could do a lot to change their situation, but not if they wait until the next election year, and the one after that. Not if they wait for someone else to act for them.