Women In America Are Rising: “We’re Taking The Power Back On November 6th”

One year after the first Women’s March, we marched again. Up to 2.5 million people marched in the United States this year and many more took part in sister marches worldwide. We hit the streets with signs and missions to protest this administration and the injustices happening in the world today. Sure, it’s a smaller number than the original march, which was believed to have around 4.2 million people participating in across the globe, but in the past year, countless protests have taken place in cities and towns everywhere. The resistance is alive and well, and despite the fatigue that comes with fighting every new atrocity by Trump, we aren’t slowing down.

Resistance groups are everywhere, with a focus on local, national, and global change. There are so many more people resisting now — fueled by the march in 2017 — and helping to create real change, get people thinking, and getting even more people involved. 

Trump’s Presidential win and the concern over what is happening in our world was the impetus for so many women — mostly Democrats or left-leaning — to run for offices big and small. The Women’s March was and is the fuel for the revolution. We are an uprising, armed with knowledge, empathy, passion, quest for equality, a humanitarian spirit, and an unwillingness to accept the fate Trump is attempting to press upon us. We’re pushing back; we are persisting. 

Inspired by the strength of the women at this year’s march, I wanted to know more. What’s next on the resistance’s agenda? Here are some responses.

“What’s next is going to be a candidates open forum for District 19 in New York. It’s happening on February 4th in Woodstock. The plan is to flip the district!” – Nicky Goin

“The Women’s March was super inspiring. It was also another day in the struggle. We will not be safe until everyone is safe. I will do all I can to make this dream a reality. Tomorrow I start my last semester as a nursing student. I graduate in May. I plan to use my RN to help people every day and to work to change policy. I look forward to holding people’s hands, listening to their stories, and trying to be a positive part of their healing journey. I see working on policy to be an extension of this. I plan on lobbying, working with my union, professional organizations, with other activists, elected officials and whomever I believe can join in shaping policy that ensures that all people have health care. I am ashamed that my country doesn’t have universal healthcare. Shame on us. We MUST do better. I will fight for this with everything I have and am. I have always been interested in policy and activism. Tomorrow is also my first day as a Town of New Paltz Planning Board member. I have a lot to learn but I believe my contribution will be of value to our community and I look forward to serving. I believe sustainable development is extremely important. I know that my service will be more hours than I would like. I know that it would be easier for me not to do all of these things when it comes to finding time to spend with my family and friends. Choices are difficult. But I honestly can’t be any other way. It’s who I am. And I am proud. I will continue to stand in front of our local library with Black Lives Matter. I will continue to work to bring Racial Equity to our school district. And I will continue to do all I can.” -Stana Weisburd

“I march with an Interfaith group in LA that consists of our temple, a Presbyterian, Catholic, and Unitarian congregation, and Islamic Center in protest of the Muslim ban, and in support of LA becoming a sanctuary city. We went to the detention center to let detainees know we were fighting for them. As an adult, I work with kids who have been through the system and are on probation to teach them (mostly kids of color in the LA area) how to express themselves through writing, and how to value their voice. My husband and I donate to the ACLU, SPLC, and Planned Parenthood, and have been working the phones all year with our Congresspeople. Next year we hope to travel as a family to swing states to register people to vote, and on election day to drive people to the polls. We’re looking at Nevada and Texas as target sites.” -April Peveteaux

“I marched in Chicago. My next step is to continue what I am doing — volunteering for local progressive candidates and calling my representatives weekly. I call for the impeachment of Trump and to pass DACA legislation. I don’t give up because I have seen movement in the past.” -Cecilia Maso Carman

“I marched in NYC. What’s next for me: I’ll be working with my group, Empire State Indivisible, to keep holding off the worst Trump administration’s damage while we work to get Democrats elected to local, state, and federal office. We’re taking the power back on November 6th.” -Shannon Stagman

“I am a member of a group working in coalition with other groups to promote racial equity in our school districts. We are working to establish protocols for dealing with racial incidents as well as concrete plans to educate children in order to minimize misconceptions and misperceptions regarding racial identity and group identity. I am also volunteering at our local food pantry, and I stand with Black Lives Matter Vigil locally.” -Rachel Markowitz

“I actually did not realize that the Woman’s March was happening this Saturday. I knew it was happening soon, but this entire month is going so fast, and I am in a bit of denial that we are already nearing the end of January. But my husband and I had an early Saturday appointment in the city ironically to sign up for health insurance. I lost my job last year, and the company insurance is expiring. This, along with all the other parts of what comes with one losing their job, has been a huge stress. Obviously, if these trials were under a different administration, I would not be so scared and stress out. I decided that I would talk to my 8-year-old son Nacho when he came home from school about going to the march with me. I assumed my husband would just stay home with our 21-month-old. 

When my son came home, he happened to be singing a song a classmate taught him that was pretty derogatory to women. We went over everything wrong with the lyrics, then I told him he was attending a march with me the next day so he can help me protest for all our rights as humans. I didn’t bother hearing his thoughts after that song. In the end, we all went, my husband, wanted to be a part as well. The energy was terrific, and Nacho kept asking us questions. He obviously knows a lot from what we tell him, but the signs were the best education lesson. Our fellow marchers were happy to see kids; kids were a big deal especially babies. Older marchers were happy to see us march as a family. My husband wore his Latinos Make America Great Pin, and the kids did much better than I expected. About halfway in, we had to turn as we ran out of snacks and the bathrooms were no longer easy to get to. I could have stayed forever, I felt emotional and hopeful and so in love with New York City. I’m so thankful to live with so many people willing to stand up for injustice and corruption. Last year I worked as a fashion consultant for the “Wear Orange Campaign/Everytown for Gun Safety.” My job was to help with their fashion initiative to bring awareness to the urgency of gun safety. I plan to continue working on more of these initiatives either as a volunteer or continue as a consultant.” -Donna Duarte-Ladd

“What’s next is that I joined my town Democratic committee and will work to get out the vote, increase engagement and help get someone other than John Faso elected to NY Congressional district 19.” -Amy Dooley 

“I love the energy that is created when women get together, and each one of us brings to the table the work we do in our everyday life. I’m lucky to work as a facilitator for Girls Inc. of Ulster and Dutchess Counties where every day we encourage girls and young women to stand up for themselves, support each other and to use their true voices through programs like STEAM, Leadership and and Community Action, Food for Real Girls, and our Podcast series: In Her Voice. Empowered young women are our future.” -Maria Jansdotter Farr

“We at Women’s March Frankfurt are focusing on building alliances with other Frankfurt feminist and migrant groups. We are fighting for intersectional feminism — there is, unfortunately, very little awareness about it over here. We are focusing especially on the old traditionally white feminist groups. The hierarchical and traditional patterns are hard to break. We want to use our privileges to create room for the marginalized. Next actions are a picnic for women on International Women’s Day (March 8) in front of city hall to inspire more political involvement — from running for office to civil engagement. We are celebrating 100 years of women’s voting rights in Germany this year.” -Micaela Leon

“Three generations of Tobins, aged 15 to 66, marched. I’m a mother of three and a sociologist at SUNY New Paltz. I was so inspired by last year’s remarkable Women’s March that I decided to run for local political office and in May 2017 was elected to the Village of New Paltz board. I now serve as the Deputy Mayor. What’s next? 1. Getting more women elected to office and 2. Working hard to create an intersectional women’s movement, right here at home.” -KT Tobin

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” Quote by Thomas Jefferson. By some miracle six Tobin women (three generations of cousins, aged 15-66) were able to find each other amongst 200,000 or so protesters in NYC who took, and continue to take, TJ’s words to heart. We will keep on fighting the good fight whether it be throwing our pussy hats in to local politics like cousin KT (who successfully ran for deputy Mayor in her town of New Paltz), fostering activism in younger generations (like cousins Pat and KT have with their daughters Alice and Maeve), or continuing to strongly dissent and be a proud, unabashed progressive like Janet and I. We will march on, we will dissent, and we won’t forget.” -MP

“My top priority of what comes next is to get people to the polls for mid terms. March On is rolling out a national endeavor called Operation Marching Orders, which will poll the issues most important to our voters. We will share the outcomes broadly. Locally, we are planning a “protest art” show at the Roost Gallery in New Paltz, NY. Signs from the marches, postcards sent to DC, apparel, and protest music will all be a part of the show. In Spring, on May 5th, we are planning a Leadership Sail on the Clearwater to gather local organizations and discuss collaborative environmental actions.” -Maura McMahon O’Meara

What’s next for you?