Women Used as Pawns by Unions
By Olivia Grady
Four women, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Bob Bland, social rights advocates, were devastated when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016, for the U.S. Presidency. They decided to organize a march in response to Trump’s election after Teresa Shook, a retired attorney from Hawaii, began successfully organizing her friends.
The women started a website, which lists their mission as:
We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
Interestingly, their unity principles include not just “reproductive rights” and “environmental justice,” but also “worker’s rights:” “All workers – including domestic and farm workers, undocumented and migrant workers - must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage.”
And so on January 21, 2017, women (and men) around the world, from Paris to Beirut to Washington D.C., marched to purportedly show their support for women’s rights (as understood from a decidedly left-wing prism) and to display contempt for the newly-elected President. They held up vulgar signs, even in the presence of children (Click here for images).
The march in Washington, DC was the main event, with an estimated 500,000 marchers attending. Many celebrities and politicians attended, including Madonna, Meryl Streep, and former Secretary of State John Kerry.
Some of these celebrities spoke at the march, using foul language, and Madonna even said she thought about blowing up the White House. The Secret Service will investigate Madonna for potentially inciting violence. In addition, one of the organizers, Linda Sarsour claimed that her Palestinian grandmother was living in "occupied territory" (Israel?).
Another speaker was George Gresham, the President of 1199 SEIU, a major healthcare union. He posted a message to his members on November 10, 2016 after Donald Trump was elected President:
Now that the results of the election are in, it’s hard to overstate the dangers posed by a Trump presidency. Extreme right-wing politicians will control all branches of government - the White House, Senate, Congress and Supreme Court - for years to come. All of our most important priorities will be under attack, including the Affordable Care Act, a higher federal minimum wage, immigration reform, justice system reform and solving climate change.
But who sponsored this march?
In addition to Planned Parenthood, NARAL, the Communist Party USA and other far-left organizations, unions actually sponsored the event. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the 1199 chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) were sponsors, and the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Association of Flight Attendants, the Communications Workers of America, IBEW Local 48, the National Education Association, the United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA, and other labor organizations were partners.
AFT President Randi Weingarten also spoke at the event:
Nor can we afford to wait, or hesitate. Because even as we march, people like Mr. Trump’s education nominee Betsy DeVos or health and human services nominee Tom Price or labor nominee Andrew Puzder — are scheming to rob us of our voice and roll back the progress we have made. They want to rob children of neighborhood public schools, patients of quality healthcare and workers of the pathway to a living wage.
Unions tried to make their members comfortable during the event by providing snacks, opening their buildings to protestors and offering other incentives to encourage their members to participate.
In other cities and states, unions also sponsored and endorsed the march. For example, in Minnesota, the SEIU Minnesota State Council endorsed the event and posted the event information on social media.
Why did the unions participate?
They participated because they support liberal politicians who agree with this message. These liberal politicians will later unionize more people so that unions can collect more dues and give more outrageous salaries to labor bosses. For example, labor unions gave over $100 million dollars in the 2016 election alone, mostly to Democrats.
Right now, unfortunately, some conservative workers -- many of them women -- are forced to contribute to unions who spend the workers’ money on liberal politicians and causes.
That’s not right.