Friday, January 20, 2017

Getting Ready for the Women's March

Tomorrow's the big day! For any who are still unaware, today is the day Trump officially becomes President of the United States, and so tomorrow, all over the world, people are marching in solidarity with women's rights and against his policies of hatred, fear, and bigotry.

Why march if we're not even American, you ask? I am marching because I want to express solidarity with my American neighbours who are afraid of what the Trump administration will do to their lives, and because I was raised to speak up for what I believe.

No, I don't expect this to "change" anything. Honestly, I have protested tons of things and it's never resulted in a practical, visible difference (maybe once - shout out to all my Abbotsford peeps, fighting SE2!), but I stood in solidarity with what I believe to be right, and that matters.

Like Neville Longbottom said in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
"It helps when people stand up to [the facists/dictators/torturers], it gives everyone hope."*
(As an aside, if you're looking for some reading that directly reflects what's happening politically right now, try Harry Potter on for size. Yikes.)

So I am excited! And it's time to get ready by nailing down what signs I'll be carrying.

Yesterday, I started doing some research and brainstorming what I might want to put on my sign. I'm a bit torn between a direct political message and literally just saying how I feel about things. Here's what I've come up with so far:


Then there are all the cool art signs available on the internet. There are a ton of resources:

Available at Dome Collective.
There are great text-based printable posters from Dome Collective (above), or Pop Sugar (sorry for the slideshow).

Available at Join the Uproar

Or there are several collections of stunning graphic art posters like Join the Uproar, Refinery 29She Knows, and Julie Van Grol's awesome Babe Posters.

Still want to make your own? You could make Lady Liberty torches like these women, or take some inspiration from these past protest signs.

*I spent about 30 minutes trying to find that quote. I thought it was a longer speech, but it's just two sentences. I don't care. WORTH IT. (If you want it, it's on page 462 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rain Coast Books 2007 edition.)



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