The Women’s Marches around the world yesterday were absolutely exhilarating to those of us who have felt despondent since November 9. It was a fabulous showing of solidarity, one that sprang up spontaneously on facebook. Even Eville sent out 2 buses! The local marches were just as inspiring—throughout the red states there were strong women emerging from their post-election funk to join together, rise up, and use their Voices against policies and politicians who would limit our liberties.
Our Eville March was a small affair, not focused on women at all. “With Liberty and Justice For All” presented 4 wonderful speakers who shared their hope for a world where All can feel safe and free. A poem written for the occasion called it “the inauguration day of a new movement”. Then the crowd moved down the riverfront to Main and up to the Library…
At the library, there were over 20 groups represented with volunteer sign-up sheets and lots of info about their causes and missions. By the time I left, the place was packed…
I met some people who I want to work with. I’ll keep you informed as I explore some of the groups that were represented. I hope that in your world you are looking out for groups that promote social justice and peace.
I don’t know who wrote this, but I wish it had been me…
“People want to belittle this effort by calling it a “little walk.”
“What’s a little walk going to do,” they say.
A little walk by protesters to Boston Harbor sparked a nation’s independence from a monarchy.
A little walk from Selma to Montgomery, and from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial sparked the enactment of civil rights legislation for the American descendants of former slaves and changed the world’s conscience about hate and the importance of nonviolent protest against the evils of this world.
A little walk by students and young people to Washington, DC helped to change America’s conscience about the Vietnam War.
A little walk by a Chinese boy in Tiananmen Square helped the world see the oppressive regime of the People’s Republic of China.
A little walk by protesters in Cape Town, galvanized the world against South Africa’s apartheid regime, and helped to free the Freedom Fighter who was in jail for over 2 decades, who would one day become South Africa’s first Black President.
A little walk by tired and frustrated citizens to Tahir Square in Egypt caused a 30 year President to resign.
Little walks are powerful and can change a nation.
Little walks are powerful and can change the world.”
We’re Stronger Together…Keep it Going