The idea of people wearing black to Trump‘s joint address on Jan. 30 was born after actors did it for the Golden Globes on Sunday, Speier said. The Democratic Women’s Working Group, of which Speier is the policy and communications chair, is encouraging its members to don the color (though it’s not a requirement).
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) speaks to a member of the media after a news conference Dec. 12, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images)
The protests come as as the country focuses on a wave of accusations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood power players, journalists and politicians.
Speier, who has led the push for sexual harassment training on Capitol Hill, also noted that she thought their actions would send a “strong message” to the president, who himself has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by several women. Some of his accusers have called for a congressional investigation into the president‘s behavior.
“By wearing black, members of Congress are showing solidarity with a movement that is demanding economic justice and a cultural shift that enables men and women to work side by side in safety and dignity, free of sexual harassment, and be paid equally for the value of their work,” Rep. Lois Frankel, the Florida Democrat who chairs the group, said in a statement.
“Sexual abuse and failure of the judicial system in administering justice has been a reality for too many for too long and we certainly cannot and will not stand for it,” the Michigan Democrat said in a statement.
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