On January 21st 2017, people around the world, on all seven continents, protested the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, President Trump. This protest was called the Women’s March, a march that began organizing just after the election. I had heard about it through Facebook, but I thought it would be a relatively small protest considering it would occur in the middle of winter. However, on the morning of the 21st, as the images started to come in on social media and on the news, it became clear very quickly that this was no ordinary protest. I hastily threw on my Sailor Moon cosplay and off I went to the protest in New York City.
I love original sailor senshi!
— SocialJusticeSenshi (@SJ_Senshi)
January 24, 2017
— D.F. Pendrys (@dfpendrys) January 22, 2017
This tweet shows one of my favorite moments in Sailor Moon where, in episode 13, the sailor guardians declare that they are against sexual discrimination. It got over over 7,000 likes!
Sailor Moon is always relevant. Never stop fighting evil, by moonlight or otherwise. pic.twitter.com/NXG5MJhrPL
— Scum’s Switch (@vestenet) January 22, 2017
Can I tell you how much I love this? I absolutely love this sign!
— Rachael (@MoonstruckQuest) January 23, 2017
The ladies from the Love and Justice podcast represented Moonies at the protest in L.A.!
— Love and Justice (@LnJPOD) January 21, 2017
American comedian Iliza Shlesinger made the below tweet. I’m not sure if it’s more of statement about Sailor Moon or Conway’s choice of outfit. Either way, I have to say Sailor Moon was at the Women’s March. She’s definitely not a part of the Trump Administraion.
— Iliza (@iliza) January 20, 2017
The protest in New York was incredibly diverse and it was very amusing to encounter people who didn’t know who Sailor Moon was. Several people thought I was Wonder Woman! However, once I explained that I was dressed as the Japanese heroine, Sailor Moon, who fights for love and justice, fellow protesters totally understood.
— Heather (@MinovskyBun) January 22, 2017
Missed out on the Women’s March? Never fear! It sounds like there will be plenty of protests over the next four years. I would love to see Sailor Mercury and Sailor Pluto cosplayers at the Scientists March on Washington:
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There are also plans for a march on Saturday, April 15th to pressure Trump to release his tax returns. Keep turning into the Women’s March’s website for more details.
Obviously, you don’t need to wait either. Right now there are protests all over the country at international airports protesting Trump’s executive order banning travelers from several Muslim dominated countries.
Finally, protesting isn’t your thing? You can donate to the following organizations or a local charity:
Emily’s List– I have a recurring donation here for $15 a month. They support pro-choice democratic female candidates.
Short on cash but still want to do something? Contact your representative and senator! The best way to get your voice hear is to call or write to your representative. I finally know what I want to do with all my Sailor Moon postcards! Even if you are not a US citizen, contact your governmental representatives. I know our friends in Canada are willing to take up the slack as Trump’s policies create a humanitarian crisis.
So were you at a recent protest? Did you dress up as a sailor guardian or carry a Sailor Moon inspired sign? Add it in the comments section below!