Anybody have any plans this weekend? Brunching with abandon? Rewatching Friends for the 18th time? Not having recurring nightmares about neverending Thanksgivings with ultra-conservative relatives?
Today seems like a great day for some gardening, a long nap or, perhaps, anything other than watching Donald "I'm not a puppet, you're the puppet" Trump be sworn in as our 45th president. Regardless of whether you watch -- but, honestly, who wants to give him the ratings satisfaction? -- you wouldn't be alone if you felt like his rise to power inflamed your own desire to take action.
According to a post-election, nonpartisan poll, two-thirds of "upset" Americans have taken some form of action in the wake of Trump's win, including "paying more attention to elected officials' actions," "teaching my children about consent" and "thinking about how to get more women in political office."
And, for millions of people in the U.S. and abroad on Saturday, marching can get tacked on to that list.
Officials expect around 200,000 people for the D.C. Women's March alone, from seasoned activists with a history of agitation to Wall Street women who've never held a protest sign. Activists and allies are set to take to the streets in all 50 states and at least 57 other countries, gathering in solidarity against the sexism, misogyny, homophobia and xenophobia that's been raging (and, hey, not just on U.S. soil).
If you plan to participate, keep your eyes peeled: C&C will be out there grabbing back with you -- Cristen in Atlanta and Caroline in D.C.
Just imagine the collective cultural impact if we can sustain, support and incentivize these practical and political acts of wokeness. Sure it's lofty and long-term, but that's what hope is all about, right?
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