Because really, what's a political march without local Instagram celebrity Eddie the Lilac Lion donning an official #pussyhatproject knitted hat?! And you best get out the way when knitters have a project, and that project has a global hashtag (that even includes ducks and Barbies) and a website.
We don't usually comment on national events, unless they hit here at home. But this one does: Locally, many people in Beacon's community are preparing for the The Women's March on Washington. It's been months in the making, with people sorting out details all over the nation of where they are going to fly into and hotel rooms they are going to book in order to march the day after Inauguration Day. Surprisingly, a few replies on social media comments have asked "What march? Where are you going?" So - a blog post.
The Women's March On Washington
After hearing the now-current president's rhetoric that insulted and disrespected women, it became difficult for some to be comfortable with him as president. So a Women's March on Washington was organized. Despite policy he may or may not put into place, that may or may not help people, businesses, this country and the world, the human-to-human interaction became hard to accept.
One march was not enough to handle everyone. To date, 616 "Sister Marches" have been formed all over the world, with over 2 million people saying they are going.
UPDATE 1/22/16: The official number of marches increased in the day after this post, to a total of 673 registered marches.
And those are just marches registered through the Women's March on Washington website. The ones closest to Beacon are in Poughkeepsie at the Walkway Over the Hudson, in Wyckoff, NJ, and in NYC. No matter one's political leanings, it's impossible to ignore the historic, monumental number of women and men coming out to march in the name of women's rights and civil rights.
What's The March All About?
The New York Times wrote about the marches here. In short, from the Women's March on Washington's website, the point is summarized as this: "The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us — immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault — and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear."
"We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."
Posters — There Will Be Posters!
And there were. Here are a few of them from all over the world:
You can stream photos and videos of the march here. Periscope videos (aka Twitter Live) and Facebook Live will be the easiest, but this link may summarize a few coming across Twitter. As always - we'd love for you to share your experience with us. Tag us on Facebook or Instagram so we'll see your righteous creative contributions, and photos from the marches!