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.
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.
Further downstate in Illinois, amid the cornfields, Champaign-Urbana marched.
Pretty sure Wisconsin is rather red. But on Saturday, it was pink AF.
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.
In Seattle, my mom’s request to “march for me” was also upheld by my sister.
— Leigh. No, YOU shut up. (@Killingcrawdads) January 21, 2017
— Katharine Hayhoe (@KHayhoe) January 21, 2017
Plus, people flew in from all over to march in D.C.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) January 20, 2017
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.
How it should be. pic.twitter.com/Er23921t2I
— Margaret Nelson (@Flashmaggie) January 22, 2017
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.
— Kelly Robson (@kellyoyo) January 21, 2017
So do other countries… and their famous actors.
— kitty justice (@thehmmmingbird) January 21, 2017
Even the ones that don’t all speak English.
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) January 21, 2017
Also: I believe the children are our future. They have OPINIONS, y’all.
— 🏴⬛Elsa Eli Waithe⬛🏴 (@elsajustelsa) January 22, 2017
On the other end of things, older folks are still marching.
Okay this is a note posted at my grandma's retirement community, apparently 50 people came and her 101 y/o friend marched too, I'm melting pic.twitter.com/Ah50oFlsL6
— Max Fox (@mxwfx) January 22, 2017
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.
— The Root (@TheRoot) January 23, 2017
— Sophie Labelle (@AssignedMale) January 22, 2017
— ￼ (@ravenclvws) January 22, 2017
White ladies in particular, please read this whole thread:
1. This stat prompted me to make this sign for today's Women's March in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/nPT4pkAgti
— • ਰੂਪਾ • (@RadRoopa) January 21, 2017
Or if you prefer, hear it from a fellow white lady:
— Ali Tharrington (@mstharrington) January 22, 2017
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.