TRUMP TOWER, NEW YORK, NY- How would you feel if a man had come up to your wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, godmother, aunt, or best friend and had told them every misogynist insult you could think of?
“Grab them by the pussy.”
“As long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
Donald J. Trump, the republican presidential candidate said these words and a lot more about women. This man does not deserve to be in the White House with offensive language coming out of his mouth. Sarah Sandman and Andrea Lauer decided to take a stand and use Trump’s words and ideas against him. Their social movement Brick x Brick was founded, and the response from both women and men has been phenomenal.
Brick x Brick took a stand in front of Trump Tower at Columbus Circle last Sunday, with more than 40 women wearing brick jumpsuits or all black. Patches were printed with Trump’s ignorant comments to create a wall of brave humans standing up to his misogyny. In silence, hand in hand, we stood and faced the crowd.
Some Trump supporters walked away and gave us cold stares. We were thankful for the support from men and women who applauded and cheered us on as we braced against the chilly wind. A spoken word piece woke up the New Yorkers and tourists to our cause. Applause, cheers, smiles, and a flood of thank you’s poured strength into us. This was more than a protest to those of us in the jumpsuits and vests. It’s a chance to make our voices heard. Sarah Sandman began a chant and still holding hands, the wall became a chain of hope.
From Columbus Circle we journeyed two by two to Times Square, spreading our message as loud as we could. More women cheered in support as the NYPD escorted us safely to our final stop. From there it was dance time. We grooved to The Commodores “She’s A Brick”, energizing the crowd surrounding us. There was another five minutes of silence before breaking apart for the day.
Hugs went around from people in the crowd who loved what Brick x Brick was standing for. Sarah and Andrea were proud of all of us. The movement doesn’t end here in New York City. Brick x Brick has created walls in many states and there are still more to come. Let’s make sure Trump does not sit in the oval office. Join us in making a difference.
For more information on how you can join Brick by Brick visit the official website.
Photos by: Jeffrey Brandsted, Arianna V. Olivo, and Rosa Elena Burgos.
Last Updated: December 29, 2021