Guest Post by Mike Schaedel
I am calling on men in Montana: come to the Women’s March in Helena this Saturday. As a man, I want to say that this march, which is about women’s rights and human rights, is our march too. I will admit, I was initially brought to organizing meetings for the march by my wife. At first I thought: “This is not really my cause”.
However, after Richard Spencer, the white nationalist and part-time Whitefish resident, announced he might run for Ryan Zinke’s soon-to-be vacant house seat, my tune changed. As a white male in my mid-thirties, I do not want Richard Spencer to tell the story of my demographic, not in Montana and not in America. The threats to women’s rights and human rights are real. And the emboldening of hate groups is also frighteningly real. This is why we need men at the Women’s March in Helena this Saturday, January 21, 2017.
We cannot sit around and say, “not my issue” while our wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends march to defend their own dignity and safety as well as that of others. The election this fall showed us what happens if we don’t get engaged. So come join me, and many other men, in sending a clear message to the new administration that rights of women and all other people are not going to be compromised.
You will see me on Saturday in Helena, Montana with my two little boys, waving my American flag for the first time since the election of Barack Obama, because this march, and the brave women who organized it, are the America I am proud to be a part of.