The Trump Protest in Las Vegas

Taking On the Donald

Almost a thousand of us braved the 110 degree heat yesterday to protest Trump’s visit to Las Vegas. He came to support our total tool of a Senator – Dean Heller – who is considered to have the most at-risk Senate seat. Other celebrated Republican candidates in attendance included Adam Laxalt (running for Governor) and Danny Tarkanian (running for Congress). Both of these men have been banking off their family names: Laxalt being the grandson of Nevada royalty, Senator Paul Laxalt, and Tarkanian being the son of the infamous UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian and current city councilwoman Lois Tarkanian. Ideally all three men’s political careers will come to an end in November. Rumor had it that the cost of attending this GOP event was $25,000 per person.

Vibe on the Street

Protesters began assembling at the Suncoast Hotel/Casino at 10:00 to greet Trump who arrived at 11:40 after leaving a private event at someone’s home (possibly Sheldon Adelson who lives about a mile away from the Suncoast). While most passing vehicles who responded to the protest did so in a positive manner, giving a thumbs up, a fist up, or honking their horn in support, about one out of ten responders presented their middle finger or flew a Trump banner from their car or motorcycle. The crowd began thinning out after Trump’s arrival and only about 150 of us stayed to see him leave for his final venue at a roundtable discussion at the South Point Hotel/Casino.

Conditions at the Event

Despite the efforts of a few counter-protesters, the event was peaceful. The protest organizers were strict about ensuring that attendees stayed out of the street and off of the Suncoast’s property. However, Suncoast security and Metro cops were calm and allowed protesters to stand on the grassy area of the Suncoast property that was between the sidewalk and the parking lot so protesters could enjoy the shade provided by the pine trees and not succumb to heat stroke. Chilled bottled water was in liberal supply thanks to the event organizers. For such a hot day, all things transpired exceptionally well.

Enjoying the shade!

Older Crowd

The protesters were a diverse group. At least a third of the crowd was over the age of 50 – many were over 65 – and less than a quarter of the crowd was under 25. Every ethnicity was represented. While many of the organizers were young, I was dismayed with the lopsided demographics of the participants. It is critical that younger people take on the mantle of this cause and especially that they get out to vote. After all, it is their future we are fighting for.

My “older guy” husband willing be turning out to vote in November.

Why Bother Protesting?

What exactly inspires people to spend the better part of a day holding up a sign and group chanting their beliefs? In short, protesters are determined to demonstrate their support for a cause to the government, bring public attention to an issue, and commune with others who share their convictions. While protesting rarely brings immediate results – particularly peaceful protests – research shows that protests eventually deliver change.

My daughter caught a picture of me at the protest when she did a drive by!

Not My First Rodeo

From anti-nuclear protests to actions against the Reagan administration, I have been hitting the streets, the UNLV campus, and the Nevada Test Site since the mid-1980s to march for my beliefs. And as long as social, political, economic, and environmental injustice remains – and my health permits – you will find me taking non-violent action to make the world a better place for my children, grandchildren, and humanity in general.

The video shows Trump and his entourage leaving the Suncoast.

Women Are the Solution!

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I have waited my whole life for this. As a little girl growing up in the 1960s, I remember my mother and other neighborhood moms petitioning the PTA to allow girls to wear pants to school. Society justified paying men higher wages and salaries because THEY HAD FAMILIES TO SUPPORT. On TV, I watched protests against the Vietnam War and protests to support the Black Power movement. In elementary school, we participated in activities to celebrate the first Earth Day in 1970. As a teen, I watched the push for the Equal Rights Amendment, and as a young woman, I witnessed its failure to pass. It all made an impression and influenced the woman I grew to become.

The Rise of Patriarchy

Since Neolithic Times, with the advent of farming and the agricultural revolution, the status of women spiraled into decline as the mother goddess was replaced by the warrior god. With a few cultural exceptions, women around the world suffered from personal, professional, and legal repression, along with physical and sexual abuse at the hands of the patriarchy. It is not that all men are bad – most are decent.

The “Me Too” Movement

The past year has been truly transformational. Between the first Woman’s March and the marches and rallies over the past weekend, the “Me Too” movement exploded – forever altering the status quo. Like many other sisters, I shared my personal “me too” experience on Facebook and elaborated upon my opinions in my blog: “Manning Up to the Truth.” It is critical that we maintain the momentum by continuing to speak truth to power and by encouraging women and girls to pursue their dreams and passions. We must demand equality in the workplace and in politics.

The Fall of Patriarchy

Balance is the key. The time has come for women to be equally and equitably represented in business and in government. We must transition to this status immediately. Female sensibilities will transform the nation by bringing compassion and a cooperative vision to the problems that plague our country and the world. We do not strive to supplant male influence, we strive to share influence. We seek fairness and justice. It is time to set petty disputes aside and demonstrate to the male hierarchy the progress that can be realized when all segments of humanity work together for the benefit of all, rather than the benefit of the 1%.

Ultimately, We Will Live or Die Together

Male and Female.
Black, Brown, and White.
Citizen and Immigrant.
Gay and straight.
Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Pagan, Humanist, and Everyone Else.

Historically, our leaders have maintained their dominance by keeping us divided: free vs. slave, rich vs. poor, urban vs. rural, red vs. blue, real America vs. the coastal elites. Lest we embrace our shared interests and values, we will perish. Where men have failed to reach across the aisle by embracing common concerns and challenges, I have faith that women can build the bridge between our differing ideologies by grasping hands and pulling each other out of the abyss.

We Are at a Turning Point in Humanity.

The environment is in a tenuous state. Will we be good stewards or reckless exploiters?

Nuclear weapons and hot-headed world leaders threaten global survival. Will we take a step back or push the button to ignite a nuclear holocaust?

Wealth inequality has decimated the middle and working class. Will we restore a balance to economic demographics or allow the elites to relegate the masses to serfdom?

The moment for action is now, and women are the solution. But ladies, do not be deceived. The male power structure will never voluntarily relinquish control. We must fight for our place at the table. We must persist. We must encourage our sisters who have been indoctrinated by fathers and husbands and societal or religious norms that pressure them to remain in submissive and subservient positions.

We must not allow this opportunity to pass!

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