Women’s March organizers: It’s time to shout out again
January 14, 2018
It’s been a year since women, men and children marched across the country in the single largest demonstration in U.S. history.
The reasons people marched were about as varied as the tall and short, white and black, and young and old marchers and as varied as the creative interpretations of the “pussy hats.” But essentially it was a collective shoutout to the new administration to say, “We’re here, we’re watching and we still value respect, equality, truth and social justice.”
If you participated, you know it was inspirational, life affirming and fun.
Well, it’s been a wearying year since then as we have watched aghast at “facts” distorted, political revenge rise above the common good, public lands rescinded, billionaire donors honored before voters and governance by tweet.
It seems our political representatives weren’t listening. It’s time to shout out again.
The second Women’s March is happening, and it’s happening in Steamboat Springs on Sunday, Jan. 21.
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If you think truth matters, come out and march.
If you believe in respect for all people regardless of color, gender or country of origin, come out and march.
If you believe affordable health care should come before political game playing, come out and march.
If you think the “Dreamers” deserve their dream, come out and march.
If you believe quality public education builds a stronger America than a wall, come out and march.
If you think we should listen to the scientists and not the pols about climate change, come out and march.
If you’re tired of the “old boys club” running America, come out and march.
If you want to see more women run and get in office, come out and march.
Whatever your passion for change is, come out and march.
If you like how things are going, stay home and watch the NFL playoffs. Otherwise, grab your pink hats and your positive signs and meet at at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Bud Werner Memorial Library to march.
Yes, even if it's a powder day. Somethings are just more important.
See you there. And come November — vote.
Millie Beall, Rachel Bellis and Sally Claassen
Members of the Steamboat Springs 2018 Women's March organizing committee