The energy at the march remained high throughout the day. Seeing the large crowd made me a bit emotional, so many people pouring onto the lawn of the Capitol. All kinds of people were marching, including families with young children, older adults, and people in wheelchairs. Signs bearing all kinds of issues and demands were everywhere. At the time I thought the diversity of the marchers and the issues they chose to lift up was important. Single issue marches and protests are important, but it is just as important to demonstrate to ourselves and to others that we can come together in unity to promote the freedom and rights of all. Attending the march in Austin, and later seeing the pictures, videos, and projected attendance numbers of the other marches, reminded me that we are not alone. More than that however, it was nice to march with folks from St. Stephen’s--to wave our signs together, to chant together, march together behind our shared banner. The march will stay with me for a long time as a reminder that resistance is a communal activity and our community is vast and deep.
Following the Women’s March in Austin, Anjel Johnson of Planned Parenthood will be with us to discuss next steps on women’s health and reproductive rights. Join us Monday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Library.
- Ryan Hawthorne | Youth Missioner & Director of da Vinci Lab of Creative Arts and Sciences