Dem Lawmakers Plan To Wear Black AT SOTU To Support #MeToo

Amber Randall | Civil Rights Reporter

Various lawmakers are planning to wear black at the upcoming State of the Union address in order to protest against sexual harassment.

The move, started by Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier and other members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, is meant to show solidarity with various movements trying to fight the sexual harassment women face, reports CNN.

“This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it,” Speier explained to CNN. The group is asking both Democrats and Republicans to wear black to hear President Donald Trump address Congress Jan. 30.

The #MeToo movement and #TimesUp have come to the forefront in light of recent sexual harassment allegations against men in media, politics and entertainment. The #TimesUp movement was started by about 300 Hollywood women calling for workplace accountability against sexual misconduct this year.

Various actors and actresses wore black to the Golden Globes Awards on Sunday night to support the new movement and to call attention to the multiple accusations in recent months.

“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again,” Oprah Winfrey said Sunday.

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