Did you attend the Women’s March this weekend? What was your experience like? I brought my boys to the one here in St. Louis. It was my first time participating in any kind of protest march and I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be an inspiring, hopeful and empowering experience that I’ll never forget. The day was beautiful, with blue skies and sunshine, and the air was calm and peaceful, but full of energy. I was moved to see so many women and men of different ages, races and backgrounds, walking together in solidarity shoulder-to-shoulder slowly down Market street, with a view of the Arch in sight, chanting, singing and waving posters in the air. It gave me goosebumps. The signs were creative, and a few made for enlightening conversations afterward with the boys (#thanksTrump!). Here are a few scenes that stood out from the St. Louis march.
…and this sign from elsewhere made me laugh…
If you couldn’t make it to the march, or are wondering what’s next…here are some suggestions on how to stay involved and informed. Do you have any other ideas?
Sign up for 10 Actions for the First 100 Days. First action: write a postcard to your Senators. (Invite your friends over and make it a postcard party).
A must read for white ladies, Shishi Rose’s humbling and enlightening piece, After March, A Letter to White Women.
Find your closest Swing District on Swing Left and join its team.
Make an impact with the Indivisible Guide.
Reflect. Read. Volunteer. Get outside your bubble and explore your local community.
(All photos taken by me, except: first crowd photo is a screen capture taken by Laurie Skrivan from an St. Louis Post-Dispatch story; “I am not free” sign is a screen capture from @katielmohr; feminist sign guy photo by Katie Danielle Barnes; fourth photo of young girl by R.J. Hartbeck; photo of young girl with BLM sign by Wavy Wayne; Introvert sign is a screen capture from Brene Brown).