Lauren and I met up this weekend to participate in the Women’s March. Lauren was ready with her signs and everything. I was ready with my umbrella. Texas weather has been all four seasons this week.
Anyway, this year’s march compared to last year’s just had a different vibe to me. Last year I was angry and fired up and this year I am angry but in a tired, downtrodden way. Again, it could have been the weather, I honestly don’t know how people north of I-20 deal with actual winter. But while 2017 was a clear-ish message of fighting for women’s rights and making an attempt to smash the patriarchy, this year’s march seemed to be a general “Here Is A List of Things We Hate About This Administration.” Which yes, is warranted but…right now? A guy started off some chants to get everyone riled up and a lady near me was like “let the women’s speak!” and we went through the myriad of chants like “trans rights are human rights”, “black lives matter”, “my body my choice/her body her choice”, “we want DACA”, “something something Tr*mp must go.” All facts.
Kam Franklin from The Suffers sang the hell out of the National Anthem. There was a speaker about getting out to vote. A mom against gun violence. Ex Mayor Anise Parker telling us
a march that does not become a movement is just a really nice walk.
Current Mayor Sylvester Turner also talked to us about inclusiveness. That was a major complaint last year that women of color and other marginalized groups did not feel fully represented. I did see more signs to that affect this year. Listen to Black Women. But then you get home and you read the article that someone put a pink hat on the Harriet Tubman statue and you *know* it wasn’t a black chick that did it. And you see PETA people with their dogs like “dogs lives matter too” and “we march for all females”. Oh PETA.
Anyway, there is a March For Black Women taking place in Houston March 3rd. I don’t think is a national movement but it’s local and that’s where action needs to start. I looked up the schedule to get certified as a volunteer deputy to be able to register people to vote. I still have copies of The Hate U Give that need to be delivered. So I do have my action…I just don’t see myself doing another Women’s March.