Reflection: Voices of the Women's March
(Photo credit: Logan Roquemore Photography at the March in Washington, DC)
They days surrounding the Women's March were some of the most hopeful we've had in a while. The photos published of the march all across the world truly moved me, so I thought I'd just share a few stories, quotes, and photos from my little corner of the world.
Some perspectives from the event:
In 48 hours I experienced both the inauguration and the women's march. I'm a tour guide and work for a company where I have the opportunity to travel with middle school/high school students to NYC and DC. This was my experience:
Guys, yesterday was hard. Trying to focus on keeping children safe (and at times I did not feel safe), and imparting to them how democracy works and we're here for history. Starting at 5 am and waking for about 5-6 miles to the mall, striking out on our own and finding the not packed line of security was an amazing stroke of luck. The truth is...it just wasn't crowded. Other guides said they waited in line for 3 hours for security... but in our line we waited 15 min. Security was not tight: no metal detectors, just empty your pockets. Enough military and fencing and police and dogs and guns to make your head spin. Seeing alt-right/westboro baptist style protesters shouting really obscene things with the kids there was really disappointing!
Hearing people boo Hillary as she held her head so fantastically high. Yelling and chanting "trump trump trump" during Schumer's speech. Asking who he was. Yelling awful, awful slurs at Obama. And Michelle. It was a ceremony so filled with hate. All the conversations going on around me made me so uncomfortable I put my hood up, sunglasses on and cried.
One beautiful moment of unity: everyone started leaving after the oath of office, but when the national anthem started, everyone stopped, turned around took their hats off and united.
Today....today was beautiful. So many positive people. The anti-abortion people were still out, but nobody paid them any mind. Random cheers broke out. When I was crying, out of happiness and pride, everyone was hugging me. Telling me it's gonna be alright. It was PACKED. Young people, old people, French people, Dubai, London, Argentina. I was alone bobbing and weaving, reading signs and giving high fives and the kids who went with chaperones to the march? loved it. Said it was the highlight of the trip. They learned about peaceful protest and amendment rights. The chants, the hats! We went from red angry "maga" hats to pink cat hats.
I am so proud of everyone who showed up, who was there in spirit, the races and sexes and religions that all unified. This is the bridge I was looking for. Unity.❤
Participating in a world wide event like the Women's March was incredibly inspiring and hopeful. This past election has inspired me to be more active politically, and I feel like this was the launching off point to really get involved in my community. I marched because we have an incoming administration that promotes hate and violence. I marched for those who are afraid for their lives and wellbeing. I marched for true inclusiveness and equality no matter who you are. I hope our new President has realized that he has awoken something in all of us. We are strong. We are female. We are not going away.
- Meghan Wasserman, Marched in DC
At the start of the Women's March on Washington in NYC I was nervous and scared. I was afraid of potential violence or harm that could come to such a massive group. I was afraid I would have too much anxiety to finish the march. And I was afraid of what emotions the march might evoke in me. As soon as I came within proximity to the march I felt a wave of pride and peace take over. There was a symphony of cheering and chanting, a sea of pink hats, colorful signs, and women and men beaming from ear to ear with poise and strength. We walked beside an older couple from upstate New York who cracked jokes with us for a part of the march. Everyone was kind and civil and gentle. I knew it would be powerful to march with women (and men) of all different backgrounds, shapes, colors to show up for what we believe in but I had no idea I would leave feeling so inspired, encouraged, and hopeful about our future. Standing up, showing up, and marching is empowering. That said- looking to the future I am not afraid. I am excited to keep standing up for what is right and just. This is just the beginning.
-Annabelle Fox Tieman
The Women's March on Washington was healing. It was wonderful to be a part of this physical manifestation of the resistance to Donald Trump's rhetoric used during the election as well as to show support for ALL marginalized groups in this country. The men around me chanted, "Her body, her choice!" and I proclaimed "Black lives matter!" down Pennsylvania Ave. I felt proud. It has been so easy to feel helpless and small since the election. I recognize that there is more to be done, and for that I'm thankful for the empowering speeches from the event. Michael Moore, for example, gave detailed, actionable steps to take every day to show support for this movement. I am working toward being more active both by communicating with my politicians and by reaching out to friends and family to create change in my small community. I believe that is the best way to fight against the injustice I see in our country.
Some reflections on the day:
TODAY was EPIC! I have never been in a crowd of this size. At least 500,000!!! It felt amazing. I was surrounded by men and women of all different colors, abilities, religions and ages. People flocked to our nations capital from all corners of the country. The positivity throughout the crowd was overwhelming and infectious. Everyone was so damn polite, kind and supportive throughout the day. I needed this. Yesterday we collectively inhaled and held that breath through the night. Today WE let out a ROAR that cannot be ignored!!
Several times today I wondered to myself, "where was this passion before the election?" But we move forward! We now have the confidence in our numbers to know WE WILL BE HEARD. Complacency is not an option.
I can see from my FB feed that so many of my friends and family participated in marches all over the country. Please keep the energy up. Don't just shake your head every time you're embarrassed by HIM. Call it out. Call your representatives. Remember they work for us. Keep the pressure on. Do what you can when you can. Every phone call & signature helps.
-Samone, Marched in DC
As a mixture of emotions wind through you this weekend, remember this momentous past presidency and the history we've witnessed; the deep sea of victories we've celebrated. Let your pride swell, and be overjoyed that you were a part of the legacy. Change came, and hope is still here.
-Logan Raicovich, Marched in DC
Resources to take action now:
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*The Indivisible Guide and 10 Actions, 100 Days emails both cover this, but pick up the phone and call your senators and representatives. Send postcards, emails, Facebook comments. Your voice MATTERS.