Around 1,500 people joined a march in Shipley held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington taking place in the wake of the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the USA.
Iain Dalton, Socialist Party West Yorkshire organiser
The march was called by Shipley’s ‘Feminist Zealots’ a reference to a derogatory comment made by local MP, and Trump supporter, Philip Davies. Whilst organisers stressed the demo wasn;t about the Tory MP, a number of protesters brought placards aimed at him, as well as at Trump. The ‘Feminist Zealots’ themselves organised a free cake stall – a gesture aimed in response to Davies comments that “women want to have their cake and eat it”.
Many of the protestors had come from Shipley itself, with others coming from nearby towns like Baildon, Saltaire, Silsdon, Yeadon and Pudsey amongst those I spoke to. Many expressed their anger at the way the comments of individuals like Davies and Trump can legitimate sexist behaviour.
Socialist Party members from Bradford joined the march, bringing our ‘Dump Trump’ banner along. We ran out of the several hundred leaflets we had printed, also selling numerous copies of the Socialist.