Linda Sarsour, National Co-Chair for Women’s March and members of Common Defense outside of Trump Tower, Nov. 9, 2016

“Marching With My Sisters Is More Important Than Ever.”

A Call To Action For Men Showing Up At The #WomensMarch

As an American Muslim, Donald Trump’s rhetoric vilifying my community and advocating policies wholly counter to our shared and fundamental American values of equality and strength through diversity stirred me to speak out very publicly during the course of this election.

But, Trump’s unapologetic, inherent, vile misogyny, sexism, and lauding of sexual assault attacked every fiber within me, as a human being, to the point that I felt at a loss for words in response. As men, it does not suffice to say, “I have a daughter and I’m offended” or “I have women close to me in my life, so I’m offended.” That language merely reaffirms the subjugating narrative at the core of misogyny. Rather, it is right and natural for male allies to be stirred to action in vehement opposition to Trump’s views based solely on our existence as human beings in the world.

An attack on the very equality of ANY human being simply because of their gender is an attack on ALL human beings and our inherent human dignity.

I will stand and I will march and I will fight with/for my sisters today, tomorrow, on January 21st, and beyond, shoulder to shoulder, as an ally and as a member of the human race for the sacred values of EQUALITY. I WILL NOT stand idly by as Donald Trump, unilaterally, declares that half of the human race is more or less than the other half. He does not have the right to do so and certainly not on our watch. So, I call upon male allies to march with us on January 21st in support of our sisters — in support of humanity.

Donate to ‘Send Women Vets to #WomensMarch’

“We are American veterans and we are calling on our fellow veterans and allies to assemble and join the #WomensMarch on Washington DC, Saturday, Jan 21st. In this transformative time, we are seeing the high resonance and importance of veterans commitment to join important battles of coalition and community.”

___________________________________________________________________Nate Terani served in the Navy (1997–2006) and the first Muslim American to serve in the US Navy Presidential Honor Guard. Terani is a member of the Leadership Team for Common Defense. He is a writer, columnist, and organizer in Tucson, Arizona.

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