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WIP Weekend: Forward, March!

Hello, yes, it is Tuesday and not the weekend! But it’s taken me this long to marvel at all the incredible creations assembled for the Women’s March on Saturday, to say nothing of all the other protests, marches, actions, and other events that have been happening of late. And of course, your friendly neighborhood Labbers participated.

Representing those nasty, nasty “coastal elite” cities, Amy and Brian marched in Los Angeles and New York, respectively.

Amy Davis Roth carries a sign with her own original illustration in the Los Angeles Women's March on January 21, 2017
Amy’s Sojourner Truth illustration made it to the Los Angeles Women’s March.
4" square stickers in orange, blue and black. bearing phrases in stencilled text: save democracy, fight fascism, organize, fight back, and the words "no more chances" surrounding an image of Donald Trump
Amy also handed out these great stickers.
A woman in the crowd looks up while standing under a sign that reads "Bitches Get Shit Done" at the New York City Women's March
New York is generally a bit more blunt in their opinions.

Is Chicago one of those “coastal elite” cities? It’s on a coast… I guess I’m confused. Anyway, there’s lots of Labbers here.

Signs for the Chicago Women's March on January 21, 2017. I'm with her, This machine kills fascists (next to the image of a cell phone), still nasty, a simple cat-face drawing with the words "grabs back," America was already great, women's rights are human rights, rise up, they go low we go high, respect existence or expect resistance
I made a few signs… had to get a family photo in the wee hours of the morning before the march.
an image of the female reproductive system with the caption, " EMINENT DOMAIN DENIED"
Katie’s fancy poster.

Near one of the lion statues outside Chicago's Art Institure, a crowd of Women's March attendees hold signs. Center: "Deflower the Patriarchy"

Part of the Women's March in Chicago, as seen from the bridge in Grant Park over the Metra tracks near Michigan and Van Buren
At the Chicago Women’s March, the crowd in this area of Grant Park just keeps going. It extends down Van Buren all the way past the El tracks. Michigan Avenue was closed and packed with people as well.

Further downstate in Illinois, amid the cornfields, Champaign-Urbana marched.

At the Women's March in Champaign-Urbana, IL, a woman in a dark shirt and sunglasses carries a sign that reads, "Roses are red, Trump is objectionable, the best kind of feminism is INTERSECTIONAL."
One of hundreds of signs carried at the Women’s March in Champaign-Urbana. Photo: Lincoln Jones

Pretty sure Wisconsin is rather red. But on Saturday, it was pink AF.

Robin, wearing a dark pink hat with brown buttons, takes a selfie over her shoulder of the crowd at Madison's Women's March on January 21, 2017
Red state, still great… Robin marched in Madison, WI.

Meanwhile, in Topeka (near the literal center of the continental US), Chris watched as women lined up to have their photos taken in front of a monument to the Pioneer Women of Kansas.

Women pose for a photo in front of the monument to pioneer women in Topeka, KS during the Women's March on January 21, 2017.

A crowd of people holding signs for the Women's March in Topeka, KS on January 21, 2017

In Seattle, my mom’s request to “march for me” was also upheld by my sister.

an extended leg wearing a hiking shoe and a sock with the words "mother fucking girl power"
Always make sure you have the appropriate footwear.
a crowd marches in Seattle for the Women's March on January 21, 201.
Seattle’s view from a hill.

Plus, people flew in from all over to march in D.C.

Internationally, the Women’s March had incredible support as well. There were sister marches listed in literally hundreds o cities, on all seven continents. Yes, including Antarctica. (Penguins for Peace!) Whether formally listed on the Women’s March website or an impromptu gathering, marches formed worldwide in support of the (apparently) radical idea that women are people too.

In the tiny village of Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, 23% of the city’s population participated in their march. (15 of the village’s 65 permanent residents.)

So hold on to hope! Canada still loves us.

So do other countries… and their famous actors.

Even the ones that don’t all speak English.

Also: I believe the children are our future. They have OPINIONS, y’all.

On the other end of things, older folks are still marching.

Even cancer patients marched in hospital corridors.

Now as often happens with any event of this size and reach, we got some stuff wrong. Posters focusing on vaginas and Pink Pussy Hats excluded trans women. White women crowing praise for well-behaved cops utterly missed the point about why that might be. Accommodations for people with disabilities were overlooked at some events and inadequately handled at others. Hell, even the original name of the march was appropriative of the work originally done by others.

White ladies in particular, please read this whole thread:

Or if you prefer, hear it from a fellow white lady:

But this is well worth improving; we can do better. We can KEEP doing better. We can show up. We can do the work. We can own up to our flaws and adapt. We can teach others to do the same. Again and again, for as long as there are new people showing up and new lives to defend.

And we will.

That’s precisely why this is a Work In Progress. Because all of us who marched, planned, made signs, called in favors, arranged rides, offered couches, or simply wished each other well… we are still working. We will keep going, keep learning, keep doing better. Can’t stop, won’t stop. We are fired up! Ready to go! We’ll keep marching, keep making signs, keep making history.

A woman stands in an empty space amid a crowd, holding a sign that says "Fuck this shit."
I can’t believe we’re still protesting this shit in 2017.

Beth Voigt

Beth is a graphic designer in Chicago, a superhero in her own mind, and absolutely nothing on TV. She wrangles fonts professionally, pummels code amateurishly, and has been known to shove fire in her face for fun. Fond of volunteering, late-night bursts of productivity, and making snacks, she dislikes grocery shopping and sticky public transit and is only on her second smartphone. Her opinion is that you should try everything twice; if you don't like it, you were probably doing it wrong the first time around. If external links are your thing, here are links to Twitter and Instagram, and you can support her ongoing weirdness by buying her a coffee or six.

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