Reflections on Women’s March 2017

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“We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter!”

This was one of the many chants that roared throughout New York City streets, just one day after President Trump’s inauguration. I remember laughing as I shouted this along with fifty other pink-capped men and women, wondering how the world could’ve possibly gotten to this point in time. I signed up for the march expecting a chorus over Trump’s insults, pay wages, and women’s rights—and got a whole lot more. There in the city, signs were hoisted into the air bashing Trump’s environmental beliefs, misogyny, racism, heterosexism, tax issues, and of course, his tendency to spew all this out through his Twitter feed.

The atmosphere was warm and energetic, despite the cold nipping at our feet as we inched along the streets. In all honesty, I absolutely abhor going into the city—I belong in an isolated patch of forest, or a quiet country lane. But standing shoulder-to-shoulder amongst masses of passionate, smiling activists made me swell with pride. This really was America, I realized; to the right of me, a mother nudging her daughter’s stroller into the crowd while chanting a slogan, a father lifting his son onto his shoulders, the boy thrusting his poster into the sky with sheer triumph. I’ve never felt more included, or more in harmony with my surroundings.

Out of all these millions of people marching around the world, I have high hopes that some of them will take a step further, and continue to show up at upcoming rallies, and pitch in with their cause. That said, it is true that the majority of us shouting through the streets were working-class Americans, and life demands us to return to our daily work routines. Some may fall back into pattern, feeling that their single act of resistance was all that they could muster. But, simply put, I doubt that many are going to do this. By coming together, voicing our emotions and opinions, we’ve gathered courage and inspiration for more to be done.

Slowly, but surely, the world has been waking up. Donald Trump’s presidency will crack the fog of indifference, of apprehension that has taken hold of so many of us in recent years. The Women’s March was not just about women, or about Trump—it was the start of a revolution for all. It was about breaking past the narrow focuses on labels and numbers, to be replaced by the worldly concerns of all individuals. This was an emotional experience more than a political one. This was for the climate change activist chanting in unison with the feminist, the child screaming for peace alongside the couple calling out for love. This event brought the world to a moment of clarity; that division has been made necessary for unity to occur, and where it only takes one man to spur a world-wide revolution of millions for change.

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4 thoughts on “Reflections on Women’s March 2017

  1. Honestly, it is my pleasure, you have such a great skill with your words and I really enjoy reading.
    A new declaration or manifesto is definitely somewhere to start. And I think our work in sharing these kinds of stories is the beginning of that declaration. 🙂

    I would like to recommend my post about the Occupy movement, Destroying Democracy For More Profits For The Rich, https://thenoisymouse.com/2017/05/10/destroying-democracy-for-more-profits-for-the-rich/ , I share some really good quotes in there by some professional journalists (like Chris Hedges) about the issue and I think you would be interested in reading.

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  2. Ugh!! I love your writing. 🙂 That third paragraph is beautiful. “But standing shoulder-to-shoulder amongst masses of passionate, smiling activists made me swell with pride. This really was America,.” Absolutely inspiring.

    I was going to say, just imagine if the Women’s march was an occupy march, how much that would have terrified the elites. I’m not denouncing the Women’s march and what you did by any means, but if you think about it in a way of: as long as the people are protesting about gay rights, womens rights, immigrants rights; then no body is marching about the economy, about the injustices to the working class people.

    “The Women’s March was not just about women, or about Trump—it was the start of a revolution for all.”
    PERFECT.

    Yes. You were in the city, in a crowd made up of the majority, made up of the entire working class — chanting what you were about Trump’s obvious badness….. IF WE WERE SCARING the one’s in control. If people stood up against the elites. If people organized again like they did in the 70s. like they did in the 30’s. THEN change will come.

    People have to be inspired to PUSH the limits… like, who’s gonna stop a “women’s” march in the USA in 2017….. nobody! But Who’s gonna try and shut down a anti-war protest in the america??, another Occupy protest, a protest AGAINST corporations like PHARMACEUTICALS or BANKS…. these are the things that people have to BRAVE enough to organize about.

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    • Aw, thank you! Your praise makes me so happy.

      An Occupy march would’ve been fascinating to be a part of. I like to think about how it wasn’t just the Women’s March in New York City and D.C., but that on the same day, there were hundreds of other marches occurring worldwide. I wasn’t even aware of it all until I came home after the march, turned on the news, and saw footage of all the other marches! I agree; if something like this happened once again for socioeconomic issues, it would be breathtaking.

      It would be ideal if, along with protesting what we don’t want, we clearly state what we do want in terms of social change. Something akin to a second Declaration of Independence, explaining why and how we want things to be done. (Perhaps it would not be a literal piece of writing on a large document, but in some form). Once we know exactly what we want, it would be easier to unite individuals for mass protests, etc.

      Thank you so much for reading my stuff!

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