Tamara Lee (center), of Manhattan and a professor at Rutgers University, is seen at the Women’s March From #NRA2DOJ rally in front of the National Rifle Association Headquarters in Fairfax, VA on Friday, July 14, 2017. She had the following to offer: “I am one of the roommates of Women’s March organizers and co-chairs. I am also doing a research project on The Gathering for Justice, which is the umbrella organization that houses the Women’s March, also the Justice League New York. And I think the important thing is that we have to protect the First Amendment rights to be out here, so when we have a propaganda that labels us as not peaceful. This is a tactic that we’ve seen before and we do the same thing we did then, which is to stand peacefully and say who we are. Right? So we’re doing that. Also there is a problem in the country with the Second Amendment not being applied equally to black and brown folks. And we wold like the NRA, if they are the organization that they say they are, to actually stand up for the rights of lawfully owning gun owners who are black and brown. So this is also about Philando Castile, which brings us to a larger issue. These are the intersectional issues that we’re looking at where race and equality and women’s rights, they’re all tied together. And so this is why you can see women’s movement people here, Black Lives Matter is here, researchers are here and regular people are here because we are all connected. And so if we can’t stand and resist this government peacefully then we don’t have first amendment rights. If we don’t have first amendment rights you don’t have second amendment rights. And if we don’t have fourteenth amendment rights what are we here for? So that’s why I’m here. Also, to support my girls who put the Women’s March together.”
The Women’s March from #NRA2DOJ is a demonstration against the NRA taking no action in response to the Philando Castile trial verdict. Following the rally demonstrators marched 18 miles from the NRA to the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.