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Posted on November 14th, 2016 54 Comments

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  1. c.w. says:

    Great set of links!

    Also, just to mention…many cities have local programs that help kids with writing…in Austin there is Austin Bat Cave……a non-profit that always needs donations and volunteers.

    And…a number of cities are participating locally in the Women’s March on Washington so if you can’t go to Washington, D.C. you can probably participate where you live. I would LOVE to go to the D.C. march (my daughter is going!), but will have to be satisfied with the Austin contingency.

    • Frances says:

      c.w., I would love to connect with you here in Austin. I did just get tickets to go to DC for January 21, but I know there are lots of other things going on that we can be part of.

      • c.w. says:

        really glad you’re going to D.C.! And, yes, let’s connect. I’m still on the East Coast, but will be back in Austin next Monday.

        • Frances says:

          Awesome. I’ve got family in town through Thanksgiving, but let’s try to connect in December. I’m framberg at gmail so we can take this conversation off Kim’s blog.

  2. E E Faris says:

    Yes, I’m going!
    On the shallow side, I was hoping I could ask you to do one of your splendid footwear posts before then: shoes or low boots with excellent support, maybe waterproof and good for standing and walking all day.

    • Rachel says:

      I’ll be there as well, and have also been thinking about what would be best on my feet. So here is a second request for such a post!

  3. Dana D says:

    I am heartened that so many I know are already planning to participate…I will have to attend our local march.

    Thank you for the teachers and writers link. As both a teacher and a writer, it is nice to find new ways to engage for the challenges ahead.

    Here is a piece about my school and the fear with which our immigrant and undocumented students are now living…

  4. Adrien says:

    I’m in Richmond (about two hours south of DC) and I’m definitely thinking about going to the march.

  5. Caroline says:

    I’m going.
    I’m in richmond too:)
    And I’m hoping to take along as many women as I can with me!

  6. kristie says:

    When I was a Sarah Lawrence undergrad reading Sassy during the Reagan era, we’d bus down to D.C. for the annual March for Women’s Lives. I remember seeing signs from women saying where they’d come from and marveling at the ones who flew all the way from California. Pretty sure I’ll be coming full circle and flying in from Berkeley for this.

  7. Carrie says:

    My mom, aunt, and I are going. We were going to get together for Christmas but decided to do this instead.

    We’re trying to figure out where to stay, since we’re coming from Fl and Washington state and the hotels are all booked or super expensive, but we bought our plane tickets!

  8. Amy says:

    For those marching, use a hat/scarf to cover your face. Dark days are ahead.

    • DeDe says:

      This is good advice. Definitely read up ahead of time on how to prepare for being arrested, if that’s something new to you. Don’t assume police will be on your side.

  9. Meghan Keen says:

    I’m going with a friend, my mom and sister might come too. Really want to do something positive and make sure our voices are heard!

    Our work isn’t done yet!

  10. Sandye says:

    Oddly enough, I picked up a Wodehouse book last week. I can second the suggestion of Jeeves and Wster as comfort reading.

    • Caroline says:

      P.G. Wodehouse is great!
      Also may I suggest David Sedaris.He always makes me laugh till I cry.
      For feel better viewing I have been loving “Red Oaks” on amazon
      and “The Durrells in Corfu” pbs.
      just sweet fun.

      • Adrien says:

        I’m reading “My Family and Other Animals” (the book The Durrells in Corfu is based on) and it’s really good escapist reading.

        • Caroline says:

          So good! It’s been on my 12 year olds bedside table for months.
          I keep trying to get her to read it instead of Divergent..

    • lorna says:

      Haven’t read Wodehouse in a long time. old friend are important, thanks for the reminder. I just finished Chrisadora, by Tim Murphy. I started it before the election and finished after. It’s a beautiful and very powerful novel about the AIDS crisis in NYC. Reminds me that we have survived horrible times by standing together and fighting.

  11. Viajera says:

    Oh, you-all are going to have *so much fun!!!*

    I hope there is a nice big loud drum section. Make some noise!

  12. Jamie says:

    I am trying to work logistics to be able to go to the march, but will most likely have to stick with the protest here in Chicago.

    We have SO MUCH WORK to do!!

  13. Heather says:

    I plan to go, and hope my sister can come as well. I might be calling on friends from grad school to sleep on their floor, but I really feel like I need to be there.

  14. lisa says:

    There is a parallel March already organized for Sacramento, CA. I am going!

  15. Kate says:

    I think I will be attending a local march.

  16. Jamie says:

    I’m going with a couple friends (coming from PA and planning heading back same day). It will be fun to see other GOACA representing!

  17. Noelle says:

    I’m going to the march. The organizers have said that all are welcome – including men. I think it’s important that as many people come as possible. I’m also hoping and will do my part to work towards making it inclusive. I’ve seen a lot of comments in my various FB feeds from women of color, mostly African-American, that they feel that feminism is too White and they feel excluded. It’s a real issue that needs to be addressed. Inclusion.

    • MG says:

      Just wanted to chime in that I strongly agree! I mentioned this in Kim’s initial post after the election, but I think now is a really important time for white women (myself included) to look inward and examine how mainstream feminism has perpetuated white supremacy. It’s not that hard to start educating yourself- Google ‘intersectional feminism’

  18. Noelle says:

    Re the March, I would urge everyone to review how to act in case we are confronted with violence. There will be Trump supporters who might try to incite us or worse. Ideally don’t engage, don’t be baited but if something does happen please have a plan. Many anti-hate organizations like the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center can provide tips.

  19. Blair says:

    I’ll be attending the Chicago version of the March! Also, on a sort of related note, instead of material gifts for the holidays I’ll be asking amenable family members for donations to places like Planned Parenthood, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the International Rescue Committee. I don’t need more stuff and would love for these organizations and others that may suffer ill effects from the upcoming changes in administration to be flooded with donations.

  20. Kristen says:

    I’m going!

  21. Lesa says:

    I am thinking very seriously about going, but asked my state organizer if she could clarify the goal of the march. It would be such a cool thing to do to demonstrate solidarity, and push back against potential oppression and the erosion of women’s rights. That said, I take issue with the #notmypresident protests, and I have seen that hashtag attached to some stories about this march — that is not a banner I want to march under. Whether we like the results or not, our democracy works, and Obama said it well about showing the world how a peaceful transition of power works. So, yes, sorry, he is our president. Saying otherwise bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the worst case scenarios we anticipated from the right if Clinton had been elected.

    • Dana D says:


      I agree with you regarding the protests happening now…too much energy expended on the outcome of the election, energy which could be put to better use. He “won.”

      But he is #notmypresident because I will never offer my allegiance to a leader who promotes hatred as a path to greatness. Ever. Not here or anywhere.

      • Maggie says:

        I agree with Dana here. This man is a demagogue, which is not acceptable in an American President. I can’t accept this as normal.

  22. I2I says:

    I live here…and be warned ..late January/Inaugural times are tradtionally really really bitter bone cutting cold….

    also, it is going to be a power-keg around here..

    I’m planning to go to the march for sure…but bundle UP ya’ll

  23. joannawnyc says:

    The UU Church in Brooklyn is chartering a bus/buses, so I will probably go with them.

    You can do a DC protest-march trip in a day from NYC but you have to get up before dawn an return after midnight (well maybe that’s more like 2 days, technically). I’ve done it before.

  24. Frances says:

    Going to DC for Jan 21. Happy to see so much positive response, and agree with Noelle’s post about making it as inclusive as possible.

  25. Mary Alice says:

    I’d really like to go. I was in Cincinnati last week and spontaneously joined up with a march on Saturday. It made me feel so much better about things, that so many of us who aren’t activists as a rule are stepping out on this.

  26. Mary Alice says:

    I would really like to go. I was in Cincinnati last week and spontaneously joined up with a march there. It made me feel so much better that so many people are so invested in this.

  27. sc says:

    I will be there! With 4 friends from LA.


  28. Alice says:

    Everyone who lives within a 4 – 5 hour drive of DC should jump in their cars, onto a bus or a train, hitchhike — get here any way you can. And put a sweater on the dog and bring him along, too. We need to do these people.

  29. I2I says:

    maybe we could have a GOAC meetup-

  30. MB says:

    Please go to the march for me! I was informed by my employer that we can’t participate (long story and makes sense for us) so please, please show solidarity and remind the world we are a force that cannot be ignored or silenced.

  31. Jean says:

    I can’t but I wanted to report that I have friends going from So Cal! Some are gay men. Definitely should be a Million Person march. The “others” list is comprehensive! Go GOACA marchers!!!

  32. Missannethrope says:

    The UU churches in Richmond are chartering a bus. Lots of UUs will be there with our marigold yellow, ugly as can be t-shirts and sweatshirts that bear our social justice motto, “Standing on the Side of Love.”

  33. Julie says:

    I am driving down with friends, staying in Baltimore (cheaper) and meeting up with others to charter a bus.

  34. Lori in Toronto says:

    Coming from Canada with an American expat friend. Exploring logistics now.

    I usually visit New York a few times a year, and we have vacationed recently in California, and had a great weekend in Miami, but I’m not sure what to do going forward. Part of me wants to boycott (after the march), but I’m not sure that affects the right people… still trying to figure out what’s right.

  35. Pamela says:

    I live outside of DC and am happy to open up my house for a couple of people who are planning on attending the march on January 21. I will check back here for messages.