Preparing for the Women's March on Washington

For alongside our famous individualism, there’s another ingredient in the American saga- a belief that we’re all connected as one people. If there’s a child on the south side of Chicago who can’t read, that matters to me- even if it’s not my child. If there’s a senior citizen somewhere who can’t pay for their prescription drugs and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer- even if it’s not my grandparent. If there’s an Arab-American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that that threatens my civil liberties. It is that fundamental belief- I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper- that makes this country work.
— ― Barack Obama

Tomorrow, the day after Trump’s inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington will take place. I’m incredibly sad that I can’t be there, but so proud to know so many women (and men for that matter) making the trip from NYC to support women’s rights, civil rights, and gender equality in DC. I’m lucky to be surrounded by people who care about these important issues.

Here are some resources on the March so we can all prepare together, and spread the beautiful message of what’s about to happen:

  1. If you’re going to DC, sign up for Operation Headcount. This is helpful for the organization to prepare for the logistics.
  2. Starting point for the march in DC: here.
  3. Donate to the organization to fund the march.  This is something everyone can do, whether you can attend in person or not. And believe me, drawing from my experience raising over $100,000 for non-profit, every single bit counts. $5, $10, a billion. Every bit counts. You can also read through the comments included with the donations, and they are all incredibly touching.
  4. Watch this video, which explains what to expect, how to prepare, and what you’re marching for. 
  5. There are FREE POSTERS available for download here
  6. If you can’t attend in DC, join a sister march
I'm willing to be seen.
I'm willing to speak up.
I'm willing to keep going.
I'm willing to listen to what others have to say.
I'm willing to go to bed each night at peace with myself.
I'm willing to be my biggest bestest most powerful self.” 
― Emma Watson

Photo credits: (1) Ann Lewis, "The Revolution Evolves" (2) Jennifer Maravillis, "Our Bodies, Our Minds" (3) Shepard Fairey, "Defend Dignity", all from here.