[feminist] video: virginia 3 march

Virginia state house, 3 March 2012. A peaceful protest against the state government’s attempts to require ultrasounds before abortions. Walking, chanting, holding signs, and sitting (but not blocking) on the stairs of the state house received this response.

Full riot gear. SWAT armed with automatic weapons. In the 21st century apparently everyone in the world requires a response like this when they disagree with the government and want to have their voices heard. At what point will these police officers say “wait, my sister had an abortion 10 years ago. It was unbelievably expensive then, and now we’re trying to increase costs with additional requirements? I’m NOT going to break this up, I’m going to sit this one out, even if I get in trouble.” Wait until there are Personhood marches– will someone say “but my girlfriend used Plan B last year, I’m so glad that was an option because we aren’t ready for kids yet!”?

Why is the government, the police force, so quick to quell any dissent? Are we supposed to simply sit at home on our laptops using social media to bring down misogynist pricks like Rush Limbaugh and meanwhile never take to the streets as a physical, visible entity to say “this is fucked up, and you have to hear me say it. you’re impeding on my rights as a citizen, as a woman, and as a human being, and I’m not going to sit by, apathetic, while you throw me into the dirt and spit on me because you’re too egotistical to see beyond your own needs and wants and to understand that the world is not okay!”

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