On Saturday I went to the Women’s March in Manhattan. Actually, it was more of a shuffle.
This next picture wasn’t the march, it was me trying to get to the march. The turnout was amazing!
I joined the march at one of the access points, 42nd and Vanderbilt, and in a little over two hours made it to Fifth and 46th (six blocks).
We were moving at first, but things slowed down, and eventually it was taking about half an hour to go a block. I did the math on how long it would take to make it the last ten blocks to Trump Tower, and decided to bail. I slipped out of the barricades at 46th and headed home.
My guess is that people starting rallying in front of Trump Tower instead of dispersing to let more people move forward. But that’s OK, I’d put in my time. And I’m glad I went. At first I wasn’t going to go, because crowds are definitely NOT my thing. I haven’t even been to a concert in about ten years. But the crowd was really calm. I think the presence of a lot of kids helped.
Along the way I saw several very old women marching with their walkers. I saw a lot of men marching. I saw women on crutches. Chuck Schumer stopped by to give us words of encouragement.
I saw kids in strollers and kids on shoulders and kids holding signs. And there were some great signs! This wasn’t the funniest, but it was my favorite:
But while marching was exhilarating in a “We’re in this together!” kind of way, and while watching the coverage later about just how many women marched all over the world was great, the thought “What’s next?” lingered. We need to capture the energy of the march and keep it going. We need some anti-Trump actions.
Here are some things you can do now.
Take action. Actually, take ten in the next 100 days. The actions are broken down into steps so that nothing feels overwhelming.
Similarly, you can sign up for Weekly Resistance and get a call to action each week, along with a suggestion for a worthy group to donate to.
Call your elected officials. By signing up with Call Them In you’ll get email reminders, complete with scripts, for calling your reps’ offices and voicing your opinion. Don’t email, don’t tweet, you have to CALL in order to be effective. I know, I know, I hate the phone too. But just do it. It gets easier with every call.
These actions might not seem like much, but this is going to be a marathon. If you’re like me and tend to get excited and then burn out, pace yourself.