Joyce “Mama Joyce” Walker, 61 years, and resident of Queens Borough, NC who is back and forth between there and New York caring for her mother says she supports all of the marches that take place and sells the buttons and flags with the respective movement logo on them. She had some words of wisdom for the young ones that are at the forefront of this particular protest and in respects to the Women’s Empower organization that helped to put it all together:
“We do our community work by coming out to support and promote unity and embrace each other for a better society. We do all the marches and this one is a very special one. The youth is speaking out and they are not afraid.
For a long time, people thought that young people are afraid, but it was never fear they just need the right guidance and the right direction to go and they are taking this with a lot of pride and honor. I am speaking for myself and other elders when I say we are proud that they can do this and let it be known that they are serious.
We are all humans in America and the U.S. stands for the United States it does not stand for one person so if we were given the opportunity to come here by any means necessary we should be given the respect as well and what we have right now in that house, needs to go.
So, to the young people, you guys get out there and make your noise, sound your voices and let it be known, we have had enough and we are not taking it anymore and we’re taking over all the offices.
So, all who have gotten comfortable in their leather chairs, we’re throwing it out, we’re taking back the house because as women, we are the original warriors”
The March for Our Lives Protest Proved to be a Melting Pot of Movements. This is one example of many signs that addressed the other social struggles from multiple groups.
This hyperbolic statement was a reference to Trump’s comments on the Travel Ban he put in place last year that was really known as a Muslim ban that largely denied refugees from Syria among individuals from several other neighboring countries despite whether they owned a visa or not.
This was a poster that reflected the tone of the hippie movement mixed with the black power symbolism with its collage of different shades of raised fists. Next, to this young lady, the gentleman holds a registration for the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE).
Natalie Bautista,17, a student at Beacon High School and resident of Washington Heights says, “The police should not have military-style weapons. I was reading that one of the main goals is demilitarizing the police force. I know that one of the arguments is that because of all these shootings, police should have more guns but in regards to minority communities that doesn’t really fit.”
Photos and Captions By Taylor Jacobs