A Message from Sunsara Taylor to the Courageous Youth Who Walked Out for Abortion Rights and All Who Care About Women


Sunsara Taylor is the co-host of The RNL—Revolution, Nothing Less!—Show and an initiator of RiseUp4AbortionRights.org

I salute the hundreds of youth who answered the call from RiseUp4AbortionRights.org to walk out of school around the country in the third week of Walk Outs that raised the demand, “Overturn Roe? Hell No!” this past Thursday, May 19. Your righteous fury, collective courage, and determination not to allow the Supreme Court to take away women’s fundamental right to abortion and steal their futures is an inspiration and source of hope. As is the stand some of your teachers, parents and administrators who took part in enabling and encouraging your protest.

At the same time, these walk-outs and the broader protest and outrage in society have diminished in overall size and impact since the initial leak of the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe, precisely when mass struggle to STOP this decision from going forward needs to spread and take root among far greater numbers of youth and students and among all people of conscience and all sectors of society. In this, there is a particular role for women of the older generations and others who remember the dark days of back alley deaths and foreclosed lives before Roe to not let these youth stand alone and to instead use your influence and experience to back them up and join with them.

An urgent challenge for all—including the youth who walked out as well as all who care about women and girls and justice overall—is to work with passionate intensity and deepening commitment and consistency so that the Walk Outs and other acts of protest this Thursday, May 26, mark a significant leap among all sectors of society in making clear, through massive non-violent resistance, that we in our millions will bring the gears of society to a grinding halt before we allow the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

 

May 26 Protest

 

 

 

“An urgent challenge for all—including the youth who walked out as well as all who care about women and girls and justice overall—is to work with passionate intensity and deepening commitment and consistency so that the Walk Outs and other acts of protest this Thursday, May 26, mark a significant leap among all sectors of society in making clear, through massive non-violent resistance, that we in our millions will bring the gears of society to a grinding halt before we allow the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.