Jan 22, 2017

March

Pro-Choice, Pro-Feminism, Pro-Unicorns
Yesterday I took the train to London to march in solidarity with my American friends, as well as with — to borrow the perfect wording from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants — all those affected by the global rise of the far right. A march is of course only the first step in what is sure to be a long, hard, and often dispiriting fight; nevertheless, yesterday gave me more political hope than I’d felt since the 24th June. And that, too, is why we march — so we’re surrounded by fellow humans who remind us with their presence, with their bodies and with their voices, that we’re here to fight together, to prop each other up; that we cannot and mustn’t do this alone.

(The sign above: it kind of sums up my life.)

It meant a lot to me to be a part of this — to be marching in spirit with my close friends in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and upstate New York; with blogging friends all the world over; with none other than Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sir Gandalf himself in London; with my beloved Angela Davis in DC. It mattered to me that people were gentle with each other and deliberately kind. It mattered to feel the opposite of the wariness, of the exhausting suspicion of my fellow citizens, that I felt after the Brexit vote. That feeling alone won’t rid us of the threat of fascism, but it’s a fundamental starting point. As they say, “rebellions are built on hope”.

A few photos:

Proud to be a girl
This sign ensured I started crying before I event left the train station.

Hope in the Dark


Okay ladies now let's get in formation

Queer power
My heart.

This is not normal

Lesbian librarians for books, not crooks

Love cats, hate Trump

I'm scared

I am not free while any woman is unfree - Audre Lorde

Trump: just say Knope
Oh my god.

Black Lives Matter UK

Trump: fuck off
Simple but to the point.

We Stand Together: Hope, Not Hate



Trump: Nope

Resist

Love and Hope, Not Hate

Rebellions are built on hope

Rainbow flag

Love, not hate

Princess Leia: We Are the Resistance

Angry feminist immigrant
It me.

Your silence will not protect you - Audre Lorde



Build bridges, not walls

Respect

Immigrants: we get the job done
You all bring me hope, too. Thank you for being here with me.

14 comments:

  1. One of the most inspiring and empowering things about this has been seeing all the pictures of people marching around the globe. For those of us here in the US, it means so, so much. Thank you for standing with us.

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  2. So glad you could go! What is happening is so monumental....

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  3. What a beautiful post about an amazing day. I was so overwhelmed by the whole thing and hope it gave energy to enough of us to keep the movement going. :)

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  4. I was so happy to see the pictures from all over the world, including yours! My daughter was in Washington DC and I was a little anxious about that, but as it turned out, there was no unrest, no arrests, no unpleasantness at all that I heard about. She wore a t-shirt that said "Trans Rights Now" in honor of her new residence in the state of North Carolina (home of the separate men/women restrooms furor).

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  5. I was amazed to see protests all over the world. Wowzers. I live in a small city, but we still got a good couple thousand out.

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  6. Thank you Ana! I was at my local march and we had 100,000 people turn out! It was the most incredible day ever. And as you remark, the amount of kindness and caring was so uplifting. Looking at all the photos and hearing stories from around the world, I feel so much less alone.

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  7. I've been so amazed and filled with hope with all of these protests. Thank you for joining in and raising your voice!

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  8. Thanks, girl. These last two days have been really hard and scary already, and we're barely at the beginning of this fucked-up presidency. I don't know what the future is going to hold, but I know that we're going to need each other to get through it. I'm glad to have you in my corner and I'm proud to be in yours too. <3

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  9. The girls' signs made me cry too. Especially the ones made by littler girls. At that age, I didn't even know the word 'feminism'. It's wonderful (and sad) that they know to fight for it now. So happy to know that you were marching overseas; I was marching in Toronto, with 59,999 other justice-minded folks of all sorts. And I'll be marching in March again too. (If not before!)

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  10. I was in the Washington DC march. My phone died early as did my friends', so it wasn't until I got home at 9pm that night that I saw all the photos from all over the country and all of the world. It truly is amazing and I'll never get tired of seeing all the photos. Thanks so much!!

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