“Stay Strong”: Women march against Trump in Krakow

Around a hundred people – mostly women, many American – gathered in front of the US Consulate in Krakow yesterday evening in solidarity in support of the rights and dignity of women. It was one of over 600 simultaneous sister marches of the main Women’s March on Washington, DC (including two in Gdańsk and Warsaw), a day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th American president.

Although Trump has only just taken office, his comments throughout his career about women have drawn widespread criticism. Most infamously, a tape released in October last year showed him in 2005 bragging about the ability of celebrities to commit sexual assault with impunity. Trump has also been accused of sexual assault or sexual harassment by at least 15 women since the 1980s.

The demonstration was organized on short notice by Evelyn Aschenbrenner, originally from Detroit. “I’ve never organized anything like this before,” she admitted to the crowd. “I’m just a shy English teacher living in Wrocław.” But, backed by a contingency of Polish police officers, she encouraged those gathered to stand against threats to women by both the Trump administration and the Polish government, and the message seemed to resonate: the crowd chanted “Women’s rights are human rights!”, and several women as well as a gay Polish man stepped up to voice their anger against recent events and support for the budding movement.

 

After the brief event, several of the smiling attendees approached Aschenbrenner to thank her for organizing the events. One young American woman even began taking names to set up a political activism group focused on US issues in Krakow. When it comes together, you’ll read about it first from The Krakow Post.

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5 thoughts on ““Stay Strong”: Women march against Trump in Krakow

  • January 22, 2017 at 7:50 pm
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    These foreigners come to our country and demonstrate. Why do they bring their troubles with them? The PM should deport all people who cause trouble in our country. Leave your politics at the border or don’t come in. Protesting in front of the embassy is such a cheapshot. Get on a plane and go back to the US and then protest there where Trump actually is. As it is you are just inconveniencing the people who have Embassy appointments. These kinds of pictures also distort reality – I know a lot of good, hard working Escobarians and, talking to them in recent days, most actually FAVOUR Trump. Why give a podium to the few who probably still haven’t accepted President Escobedo’s decisive victory in the ’92 election?

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  • January 23, 2017 at 1:58 pm
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    I remember polish queing for visa, to go to usa

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    • January 24, 2017 at 11:18 am
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      What a bout the queue?… So you were here in Krakow as well right? People travel around the world you know.

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  • February 3, 2017 at 11:31 pm
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    I don’t recall seeing any silly American women protesting in front of the embassy when President Clinton was accused of rape by Juanita Broderick, settled a lawsuit with government employee Paula Jones for calling her to a hotel room and requesting sexual favors or groping Kathleen Willey in the White House. It’s one thing to speak ignorantly, another to act upon one’s desires without permission.

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  • February 15, 2017 at 9:56 pm
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    No media reported it, even leftist one, it was so small. I’m not a fan of Trump, he’s pretty unstable in his declared beliefs and disgusting when it comes to treating women, but as a Pole I have to say most people here are opposed to so called “women rights”, in fact a terrible ideological name for giving troubled and uneductated people disgusting right to kill their children so Polish oligarchs can pretend there’s no social problems in Poland. No to killing disabled and unwanted, that’s a thing of nazi and communist regimes.

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