Wednesday, January 18, 2017

March on Saturday, January 21

“Women. Yup, women. They've always been at the forefront of social improvement. Without women, we'd never have any social improvement.” — Paul Bridson, January 18, 2017

THE FIRST words out of Paul's mouth when we initially heard about 
the Women's March on Washington that takes place this coming Saturday, January 21 were, "Let's go. I want to be there." 

I figured I was probably going to have to be the one driving that train in my wish to participate. I was proud of Paul's unfiltered, instinctive reaction.  

Of course I was all in, but work and events have conspired against us. 

The in-hand dates for three large, complicated projects have all collided and landed this week and next. The schedule for installation is such that it's necessary for us to drive to and from . . . yikes!! . . . Chicago in one day on Friday, the day before the Women's March, in order to pick up 20-foot long pieces of extruded aluminum and fabric graphics for installation at six different sites starting the day after the March.

I was still trying to get to DC as of this morning, though. One seat became available on one of the many buses going from central Iowa, leaving Friday afternoon and returning Sunday night, but it was snatched up before I could get online and grab it.

I would LOVE to be there for this historic march. 

According to Wikipedia"As of January 15, 2017, 194,000 people had RSVP'd as going and 255,000 indicated interest. January 16 Foxnews reported that authorities are expecting a crowd of almost 500,000 people. An unprecedented 23 groups have applied for First Amendment permits during inaugural week."

Several sources I've read have reported that there were 200 bus permits issued for the inauguration whereas 1200 have been issued for the protest.

Despite the fact that we can't be there, and odds are that you can't either, we can still be effectively seen and heard!! There are marches taking place in solidarity on that day all over the country and the world. Here is a link to 616 local marches where an estimated 1,364,010 individuals like you and like me will be marching.

Remember boys and girls, the person who will be taking the oath of office on Friday in NOT who the majority of Americans voted for, so do not be cowed. 

Let's face it, you and I know that if the whole damn nation marched in protest, it wouldn't change he-who-shall-not-be-named's mind or attitude one synapse. Come on, he's a narcissistic psychopath. Really. 

That's not why we're marching.

We're not just marching to feel better either, although I certainly hope we will. I have a new friend who says she's suffering from PTSDPost Trump-matic Stress Disorder. (Me too!)

We're marching to make our senators, representatives, governors and local legislators sit up and take notice. We want them to know that we're PISSED, and we WILL vote them out.

The Women's March in Iowa will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 21, at the Iowa State Capitol. Make signs, create a message shirt; I saw one that I just loved that proudly proclaimed, "What Meryl said!" 

(Brilliant. I want to make my sign say that!) 

And you know what's so cool about this march? It's a truly grassroots movement. Power to the people, baby!!

Here's a little bit about it's inception from Wikipedia:

"The Women's March on Washington is a grassroots movement with a rally scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. the day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump. The march aims to 'send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights.' Sister marches will be held in other major metropolitan areas around the world.

"Plans for the women's march were initiated on the day after Election Day in reaction to Trump's rhetoric during the campaign which the organizers believe was divisive, racist and misogynistic.

"November 9, 2016 Teresa Shook of Hawaii created a Facebook event and invited 40 of her friends to march on Washington to protest Trump's election. Similar Facebook pages created by Evvie Harmon, Fontaine Pearson, Bob Bland, Breanne Butler and others quickly led to thousands of women signing up to march."

But cross out thousands and put millions. Ten thousand are expected in Des Moines. Multiply that by 616 locations, and to paraphrase a quote popularly, but probably erroneously, attributed to Everett Dirksen, "Ten thousand marching here, ten thousand marching there. Pretty soon you're talking about a real crowd."

Below is an article from Forbes about the 'celebrities' who're on board for the DC March.

The Celebrities Attending The Women's March On Washington

By Karen Hua

January 18, 2017

On Saturday, January 21—the day after Donald Trump is inagurated as the 45th President of the United States—the Women’s March on Washington will take place.

What began as a grassroots Facebook event quickly blossomed into a national movement, following discontent after the 2016 presidential election. However, the official Women’s March organization, emphasizes a pro-women initiative rather than an anti-Trump one. With Planned Parenthood as an official partner, the march aims to raise awareness of women’s rights to reproductive healthcare, funds, and protection.

Several celebrities—from ages 15 (Rowan Blanchard) to 70 (Cher)—have not only voiced their support on social media, but they have galvanized fans to join them. The Artists Table has also amassed dozens of A-listers standing in solidarity with 200,000 expected to march over the weekend. Here are few of the most vocal.

There’s no one who says “Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation” more persuasively than Beyoncé Knowles. Queen Bey hasn’t officially confirmed her attendance yet, but her sister Solange will be headlining the Peace Ball at D.C.’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on January 19.

The march’s organizers also confirmed performances by Janelle Monae, Questlove, Grimes, and several other coveted artists—what already seems to be a more star-studded lineup than the inaugural acts.

Just in time for the March on Washington, Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer, Hari Nef, Constane Wu, Gina Rodriguez, JJ Abrams, Andrew Rannells, and several others collaborated on a short film chronicling a century of Planned Parenthood history. So far, Schumer has confirmed she will be marching, but the others have just voiced their support.

Katy Perry was perhaps one of the most active celebrities on Hillary Clinton’s campaign trail—not only singing at events but even dressing as the Democratic nominee for Halloween. On Instagram, Perry explained why she donated $10,000 to Planned Parenthood: “Planned Parenthood educated me on my body and my reproductive health, so that I could focus on my dreams and using my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family. Since then, I have been able to focus wholeheartedly on bringing messages of strength and becoming a voice for others. Without this education, I may have had a different life path.”

America Ferrera—who appropriately shares a name with this country—was recently announced as the chair of the Artists’ Committee. She along with members Gloria Steinem, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette, Frances McDormand, Padma Lakshmi, and others have been organizing to march in Washington over the past few weeks.

Ferrera personally intends to bring her husband along, “because male or female, we are proud Americans who will fight for what we know is right for our fellow brothers and sisters.”

Olivia Wilde has been posting about the march for several weeks now, urging her followers, “(We march) to put our bodies on the line, and stand up for the values we are simply not willing to compromise. All are welcome. Men included!”

Comedian Chelsea Handler will be at Sundance Film Festival over inauguration weekend, but she is planning to attend the march in Park City, Utah. She captioned her Instagram post, “My daughter and I will be marching on Main Street at the Sundance Film Festival. Come march with us. 9am!”

Appropriately, in December, Handler wrote an article for Thrive Global in which she stated, “We don’t just have a problem with men supporting women in this country; we have a problem with women supporting women…Ladies, forget the jealousy. Forget the competitiveness. We are stronger together.”

The youngest celebrity to openly address the March on Washington is 15-year-old Rowan Blanchard—who is even speaking at the Los Angeles event. She and her mother have also been working independently to raise funds for Planned Parenthood. “I am proud and excited to be speaking at the @womensmarch Los Angeles (in Pershing Squire in downtown) and I hope to see you there,” she wrote on Instagram.

On the other hand, the march's oldest social media supporter, 70-year-old Cher, has tweeted frequently about the march in her notorious, all-caps approach. Though protesting Trump isn't the march's core mission, Cher has chosen to focus her attention on opposing the new president.

Other celebrities who have committed to marching include Zendaya, Chloe Grace Moretz, Hari Nef, Scarlett Johansson, Debrah Messing, and Jane Levy. Multiple Orange Is the New Black stars Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Diane Guerrero, and Lea DeLaria will also be making the trip to D.C.

1 comment:

  1. Gary & I will be in Los Angeles for our march. It appears that my raincoat will cover my Hot Pink Planned Parenthood shirt.