My family and I joined thousands of people gathering at Civic Center on Saturday, January 20 for the rally preceding the 2018 San Francisco Women’s March. There were speakers on stage, but what really spoke to me were all the fantastic signs being carried by protesters.
I’m not a fan of large crowds and avoid them whenever I can, but just like last year, I couldn’t sit this one out. I wanted to show my daughters that it is important to show up and stand up for what you believe in.
When people say they aren’t political, they are in denial. Everything is political from what foods you have access to, to where you buy your clothes, to how you get to work, to what you get paid, to where you can afford to live, to whom you can love and marry AND you better believe that having the privilege to even say “I’m not political” is political. So enough of this denial business. Be political, be aware because that’s the only way things will get better. I leave you with the words of Gloria Anzaldúa from Borderlands/La Frontera: “Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn become real changes in society. Nothing happens in the ‘real’ world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.” #womensmarch
The vibe was welcoming and encouraging and the signs were on fire. Check out some of my favorites.
Lady Liberty was represented.
DACA was of concern.
A call for women to be elected was to be expected.
A classic mantra that should have long been retired continues to be relevant.
Basic questions were asked.
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Needs were addressed.
There were reminders to continue to resist.
There was humor combined with truth.
Some calls-to-action were gentle.
Earnest young people like Violet pointed out just how high the stakes are.
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Some signs didn’t have to mention any names to make a point.
Then there were the signs that called out Trump in no uncertain terms.
Men showed up for their sisters.
The signs are all a labor of love and hope, may they also be signs of better times to come.
San Francisco Women’s March 2018
I showed you mine, now show me yours.
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