Signholding for Abortion Rights and Women's Lives
On Saturday, November 28th, more than a dozen people responded to a Call for an Emergency Response for Abortion Rights and Women's Rights. The action, originally called for by Stop Patriarchy's Sunsara Taylor, was called on the day of the horrific attack on the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs and we were on the streets the day after.
Our signholding was at the corner of Kapiolani and Keeaumoku, from 4-6pm on the day after Black Friday, so the streets were congested and the pedestrian traffic was heavy. Thousands saw our signs. Many drivers honked their horns or gave us a thumbs up, and some pedestrians stopped to thanks us or give us a quiet "I agree." One woman initially walked by but then returned saying: "I'm a devout Christian and a strongly support you. Thank you!." Another man saw us, went into Walgreen's, and then returned with bottles of water and his thanks. There were a few who expressed disagreements - some with a middle finger or a shout-out from their cars, and a few pedestrians who gave short negative nods. In the face of the horror of Colorado Springs, it seemed few really wanted to stop and engage.