Friday Question of the Day – Do You Plan on Marching at the Women’s March on Washington Jan. 21st? What would make you March?

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I was having an interesting discussion with a friend about what our red lines are and what would compel us to take to the streets if they were crossed. So first let me ask how many folks are planning on attending the Women’s March on Washington the day after the inauguration?

On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

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This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights are welcome.


If you are going are you concerned at all that there could be violence since it is so close to the inauguration? If you are going, anyone bringing kids? If so, what age do you think is appropriate?

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And if you do not plan on marching, have you thought about what would compel you to march at some point, if any?

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  • We are planning on leaving town for the inauguration and this

    • I don’t want to be anywhere near the city that weekend.

      • Me neither. I might have to be here for the day itself (which is especially sucky when you live three blocks from the Capitol), but definitely plan on clearing out the second the workday is over. The last two (my only two) inaugurations, I’ve been excited about the day itself plus all the parties and events balanced out the general chaos in the city for me. Another Republican, I probably would have stayed and probably enjoyed the parties and such, but I’m thinking the crowd that’s going to taking over this town for a Trump inauguration isn’t one I want to spend too much time around.

    • Same. I just can’t be here.

  • Protests like this are a waste of time. They don’t accomplish anything except to irritate the rest of us, whose commutes and travels are interrupted by the self-righteous bleating of the protesters. Has the annual abortion protest changed the way you think about abortion? Of course not. Will a protest with a vague theme of “a bunch of women think Trump is bad” change the minds of the 4% of DC voters who voted for Trump? Of course not. Will you change the minds of the Republican politicians? No, they know that you would never vote for them no matter what they do, so they don’t care what you think. Will you move the Democratic politicians to action? No, they already agree with you on all those issues and will oppose Trump at every turn because that’s what opposition parties do. There are a million better things to do on January 21. Choose those options instead.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Number 1. I think a civics lesson would do you well.

      Number 2. It is not ok to grab a woman by the pussy without her consent. It’s important you understand that.

      • +a MILLION. Thank you, Pop.

      • +a million. I don’t owe anyone my silence because he or she might find it irritating.

        I grew up in an area of the country where I was sexually assaulted multiple times in school and the administration dismissed it as boys being boys. I hate the cold, hate crowds, and hate being outspoken, but I’ll be attending along with my husband, sister, and a ton of friends because silence will only normalize our pres-elects harmful behavior and attitudes.

        • +1 Sit down and shut up is not a better solution than a march.

        • This is the only thing keeping my family in town for this shit show. Count me among the men who find these attitudes abhorrent and unacceptable. Raising our voices for human decency is a small price in the face of ignorance and intolerance. It will be empowering to stand strong and be heard.

          • +1. We were originally going to go visit family in NY just to get out of town, but now we are staying to attend the march.

      • It’s up to +3 million, now, Pop. Thanks for saying so much in such a short response.

      • Thank you PoP for saying this.

        We were going to leave town for the weekend, but my husband and I will proudly be in the crowd raising our voices with the rest of y’all

      • + a million

        We have to right to assemble and to protest. Inaction at this point, is normalization. I, along with many others, will continue to fight to what we believe is right in this country. We can’t let ourselves become jaded and cynical to the point where we simply give up. This event won’t be futile.

      • + infinity. (That should cover it…)

      • jessicaraven

        thank you for this, PoP.

    • I pretty much disagree with everything you’ve said here. First off, this is not a DC-only event, it is a nationally organized event and people are planning on traveling to it, so it’s not about changing the minds of DC voters. Traffic? Are you kidding, it’s already screwed that day/week. I don’t know how many minds it will change or what effect it will have, but what if the March of Washington had never taken place? Protests like this do have power. When I was a very young child, my parents took us to the Natural History Museum on a day that there just so happened to be a KKK rally – one of if not the last to get a permit to march in DC. Seeing that, being exposed to hatred on a level that I as a child had never fully understood, was extremely powerful to me and probably molded me in more ways than I can articulate. These types of protests do work, perhaps not in ways that you want, perhaps not as quickly as you want, but they do work.

      • Indeed — and I will be there as will a houseful of friends coming to DC from other states specifically to exercise their rights to free speech and free assembly.

    • I can’t think of a single better thing to do on Jan 21 than march. This isn’t for the %4 of Trump supporters in DC. This is for the world

    • You Are Part Of The Problem.

    • I think your position on this is a tad overboard, but that said I think working to make sure Trump doesn’t win another term will be more important/useful than attending this march. If all the people who show-up just go home and look at FB for the next four years and express how appalled they are by Trump to their friends but don’t take concrete steps to help win the 2020 election, then showing up at this march won’t count for very much.

  • There may have been a more recent update that I am unaware of, but the last I heard they don’t have the permits yet and are behind several other applications from different organization that applied to use that space that day. I suppose they can just change the venue if it comes to that. I don’t plan to march, but I am happily hosting 6 friends driving down from NYC to march.

    • I don’t know about the logistics of the permit/protest process, but if another group has a permit to march that day, can’t the participants in this protect just go down and “participate” in that protest? Can they be kicked out? Can the police evict them?
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      Also, I thought I heard something that the pre-existing permit was field just to prevent this protect by a pro-Trump group – any truth to that?

      • I think you have to state the number of anticipated protestors/marchers, so it’s unlikely a 100,000+ can just join the other marches/protests.

        Not sure about those that filed for permits first. From what I understand, they filed for the permits a long, long time ago. It’s possible they wanted to march the day after inauguration day no matter the outcome. Draws some attention to their cause/issues on a day like that in DC.

    • Latest is that they might not be able to get a permit for the Lincoln Memorial, but the march will still very much be happening, the exact location is TBD, but they are working to find a space large enough.

  • I will be at a wedding in CA over inauguration weekend, but I have opened my apartment to friends who are coming into town for the march. I have also heard that there is an issue with permits.

  • No permit that I’m aware of.

  • I honestly do not understand the threat of violence angle. Any enlightenment would be appreciated

    • I think you misread. They explicitly state “…we will show our support in a non-violent, peaceful protest.” No threat of violence.

    • I think the concern about violence is not from the marchers, but from Trump supporters/counter protesters. At least that is something I’m concerned about and I’m planning on attending (and am hosting about 15 out of towners at my house who are also attending).

      • Gotcha, gotcha. Well, assuming there’s a permit for this, there will be a police presence. There should be decent protection for the protesters.

        • The police will work for a President Trump starting that day. Unclear if his ego will be able to manage seeing a larger crowd protesting him than attending his inauguration on the day before.

    • I selected I fear for my safety. I’m not afraid for physical safety (although I think that is a real possibility), but I am afraid because of the work that I do, that someone will face-print me, identify me as “not supportive of the administration”, and then I could lose work because of it. I’m quite sure that The Donald will see anyone marching in this as an enemy of his personally, and of the presidency in general. I have no idea how much power he will actually be allowed by this congress, and that unpredictability really does concern me.
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      This feeling is exactly why I *should* protest, but until I’m independently wealthy, I’m too chicken to risk my livelihood and my home and my financial security. Having this understanding also makes me enormously more appreciative of the sacrifices our founding fathers were willing to make and the risks they took with their own freedom, security, and financial futures for themselves and their families.

  • No, because I can’t walk well or far. But what’s interesting are my friends scattered across the country who were interested until rumors (?) started about it being so poorly handled that it was actually planned for a day that another event was already on the schedule. I don’t know about that one way or the other, but I do know it is keeping some folks away.

  • I am a woman (who voted for Clinton for reasons that were independent of her gender), and I do not plan to attend or support.

    The whole event honestly rubs me the wrong way. It’s hard to explain exactly why it bugs me so much, but I think it’s related to my own feelings that many people who focus on womens’ rights focus on things that I consider to be inconsequential and not worth fighting over. There are real issues facing women, as there are issues that face every group in this country, but a lot of protesters focus on different issues than the ones that I care about.

    I also get a bit annoyed by the assumption (by others, not necessarily here) that because I am a woman I would want to attend and support the event.

    • You’re touching on one of the things that I found really weird about the Democratic campaign this past year. I could never understand Elizabeth Warren’s tirade against young women for supporting Bernie. It was incredibly condescending – the idea that women should vote for a woman just because rather than voting for the candidate they feel best represents them.

      • yup – that’s part of it.

        My partner (a heterosexual white male) and I were discussing. There’s a political privilege of sorts in this area – if you’re a minority or GLBT or a woman, it’s presumed that you supported one candidate. It’s only if you’re a straight white male that people do you the courtesy of wondering which way you voted, and what your reasoning was….

        • I don’t think that making those assumptions is called privilege — just common sense. 96% of voters in DC supported Clinton or third party, so it seems pretty reasonable to assume almost no one you meet here voted Trump. Based on exit polls, there is also a good chance that the 4% of people who did vote for Trump were white or male or both.

      • What does protesting Trump’s odious policies have to do with Warren and Bernie?
        You’re missing the forest for the trees.

        • I was commenting on: “I also get a bit annoyed by the assumption (by others, not necessarily here) that because I am a woman I would want to attend and support the event.”
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          I wasn’t focusing on Trump’s policies, just this statement and the belief/expectation/assumption that all women are a homogeneous political block. You were too quick to be snarky and didn’t read what I commenting on.

      • Pretty sure that was Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright, not Elizabeth Warren.

    • May I ask, what issues are protesters focusing on that you think aren’t worth fighting over? I’m genuinely curious. I find that I generally support a lot of what they support, though maybe not to the extent that I would feel compelled to march. I voted HRC for a variety of reasons and have looked up to her for most of my adult life, but frankly, I think even if I didn’t agree with her on many issues I would still vote for her because of Trump’s track record on women’s issues, particularly abortion and family leave, and the culture of misogyny he promotes. Even giving him the benefit of the doubt on the abuse allegations, the way he talks about women (both the disgusting Access Hollywood clip and stuff he’s said openly) really struck a chord with me.

      • the march happens every year to commemorate Roe v. Wade anniversary which will be in its 44th year in 2017 (actual date of decision Jan 22 1973). It’s just taken on new resonance given the Republican Senate’s historic abrogation of duty requiring them to advise and consent on President’s Supreme Court nominations. They’ve gamed the process to promote an activist conservative agenda, the same whiny charge they make ad nausea about “activist judges” concerning any perceived moderate or liberal judicial rulings.

      • why does he deserve the benefit of the doubt on the abuse allegations? His first wife is on legal record in their divorce settlement hearing concerning reprehensible actions towards her.

        His record on abortion, like most of his positions, is scattered and incoherent. He’s pandered to the religious right on abortion and Supreme Court candidates and even suggested legal retribution for women who get abortions. I’d really like to know what Trump position on abortion you support.

        • I don’t think he deserves the benefit of the doubt, I’m simply saying that even taking the most lenient view I can muster, I still find what he’s said/done enough to not vote for him. And I said I disagree with his positions on abortion (the fact that he’ll go whichever way the wind blows is position enough) or family leave (well, in his case, only maternal leave, which would only serve to perpetuate the wage gap). Women’s issues aren’t generally at the top of my issue priorities, but in this election, with this candidate, they definitely were.

  • We’re going skiing. My mother and sister are thinking about coming down. They originally wanted to bring my 10 yo (if we were in town), which I wasn’t comfortable with .
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    I am ambivalent about this protest, which as others have pointed out, apparently isn’t protecting anything in particular, but is rather a “I-still-can’t-believe-this-freakin’-guy-won” chance to vent the protestors’ collective spleens. It’s certainly their right, but I think it’s at best ineffective howling at the moon, and perhaps counterproductive.

    • While I agree that it may be ineffective in terms of bringing about any immediate change, it may serve as a very helpful catharsis for the many people involved. It’s hard to move forward if you’re still holding on to all that weight. (Though I won’t be going.)

    • I’m with you – still ambivalent. (Though I am opening my home for protesters.) I think the problem is that the real issues risk being dismissed as just the whining of a bunch of angry women and sore losers. Remember the tale of the Billy Goats Gruff? They defeated the troll on the bridge with a co-ordinated use of brains and strength, not by getting a whole bunch of other billy goats to join them in bleating under the bridge.

    • You are being quite ungenerous. I’m not involved, so I can’t speak to the organizers’ perspective. But I think it potentially serves a couple “productive” purposes. First, if a very large group does turnout, that sends a message that if a lot of people are unhappy/concerned enough to trek to DC to say so, the administration should expect a level of activism if it pursues certain things. Second, I assume the line up of speakers will rally the attendees for to be prepared for future activism and advocacy. Will all or most engage later? Maybe not. But some will. And feeling like part of a movement will help people be part of a large movement later, if needed.

  • I love stuff like this and would love to go, but I will be eight months pregnant and I worry that with the tiny tiny risk of violence or escalation I wouldn’t be in the best condition to run or generally deal with crowds. Will likely make a game time decision depending on how the tone of the weekend feels on Friday night/Sat morning and how I’m feeling. So far keeping up running a few miles a week but who knows how long that’ll last.

  • I couldn’t march for anything where they originally usurped the name for another march.

    • I try to stay civil. I really do. But that may be the least intelligent reason I could possibly imagine for opposing this event. Traffic, crowds, safety, message, all legit. But the name??
      I mean really…
      Our president elect likes making up new words for things. How about if they called it TERRIFIC FEMALES BIGLY UNITED?

    • LOL, it’s OK you can just admit you don’t give a sh#t. Why make up such a dumb response?
      This is why Trump will get away with a lot of garbage over the next 4 years – various marginalized groups too stubborn to come together.

  • I wish there was a “maybe” answer. I would like to go and take my oldest son. He has learned a great deal about the Civil Rights Movement (ps – thank you DCPS for including this in your curriculum; it appears MD does not cover this outside of a brief lesson on Dr. King until High School), is fervently anti-Trump, and has been asking what we can do since November 9th. I am still on the fence though and concerned about safety. I will be playing it by ear and decide closer to the day.

    • +1 I wish there was a “maybe” too. Personally, I really really don’t want to be in town for Friday’s spectacle (just thinking about it makes me sick), and friends want to rent a cabin far away to ignore the terribly depressing event, but I really want to be a part of this march. I’m torn.

  • Another “feminist” movement for white women, by white women. The money being poured into this march is better spent mobilizing local and national grassroots organizations.

      • The first people to post on Facebook about the march were white women. And it was originally called the Million Women’s March (changed after feminists of color and others pointed out the history behind that name). I’m a white woman and a feminist, and I do agree that in the beginning there have been issues with this march and intersectionality. With professional organizers coming on board, including those who represent women of color, I hope that changes. I think generally that the U.S. feminist movement, which broadly appeals to middle class, white women, needs to do a better job of being more inclusive. The same can also be said for the Democratic Party.

        • You’re right, but it seems to be something they’re actively trying to address. I think it’s a cyclical problem. White, middle class women tend to get more involved because women from other minority groups because women from other minority groups have other challenges, issues to deal with and are in more vulnerable positions, but then if they do want to take part they are also alienated by a movement that’s dominated by white, middle class women, many of whom are clueless to the challenges facing minority communities.

    • Linc Park SE

      Huh? The organizers are 3 brown women. Get your facts straight before you complain- you must miss out on a lot of life with your approach.

    • Yeah. White people are just awful. Nothing they do is good. Am I right?

    • Your stubbornness and sour grapes is the reason why Trump will get away with rolling back gay rights and sending two generations of POC to jail over the next 4 – and potentially 8 – years.

      • THANK YOU.

        I’m so tired of the sanctimoniousness of so many on the left (I’m a liberal). I agree that it’s helpful to have ongoing conversations about inclusiveness within our group. But the solution is NOT to shut out and refuse to engage with people who share your end goal when they don’t handle a situation in the way you’d prefer. If you spend your time and energy on in-fighting with the people that support your goal of improving the lives of people of color, you’re going to let the actual racists get away with horrible civil rights violations.

      • I think you’re right – OP will be single-handily responsible for all of Trump’s transgressions.

        • No, it’s not just about OP. There’s a large segment of POC who crapped all over Hillary during the general election and are now crapping on this protest because it involves white women (in spite of the fact that many of the protest’s organizers ARE women of color).
          I completely understand that white America has not been the kindest to POC and other marginalized groups. And after having BO in the White House for eight years, anyone else will probably be disappointing. But POC who think like this are cutting off their nose to spite their face, just like many of the working class, low income, and retired Trump voters.
          We all need to stay focused. White women are certainly not the problem. Donald Trump and the new radical GOP are the problem.

          • While I agree with some of what you write, I think it’s fair to point out that 1) There are just as many white far-leftists that have the same unhelpful attitude as OP (and many, many people of color that do not) and 2) Some white women are part of the new radical GOP and thus are part of the problem. But I agree that the people who are attending this march, white women included, are not the problem we need to be focused on.

  • dcgator

    Goddamn, a lot of y’all love to shit on EVERYTHING.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Not a lot actually just a vocal minority. I think the poll results will better represent how the majority feels.

      • I think there was a huge poll on Nov 8…..

        Thing is I do not understand these people protesting Trump. Yes, he seems really bad, his policies seem horrible, and the first steps he has taken appear scary. BUT BUT BUT that’s democracy. He won. Fair and square. The complaining that has been going around DC and other places is, imho, childish. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The DC liberals do not hold the absolute truth, their word isn’t the law of the land.
        So y’all can protest all you want, even stomp your feet and hold your breath, but you need to respect other people’s voice too. Even though they aren’t as sophisticated and educated and “woke” as yours, it needs to be heard

        • BUT BUT BUT democracy is by the people, for the people. And one vote on Nov. 8 does not mean we sit down and shut up and don’t make our political will known to those in power. I respect the voice of all who voted, but the fact of the matter is Trump/Pence/the cabinet need to know that they need to be leaders for 2016 and beyond, not 1916. And that means honoring and continuing progress on human rights – and women’s rights, muslims’ rights, LGBTQ rights, black rights, jewish rights, etc are human rights. If a Trump presidency can help foster inclusive economic growth, especially in those parts of the country most left behind in our 21st century economy, then by all means, I look forward to that. But I will not tolerate a presidency that erodes the rights we’ve fought so hard for.

          • Totally agree, NE DC Res. I do not understand how people can think that Trump seems horrible and scary, and not want to stand up and speak out against those policies. That is the role of the loyal opposition.

          • Look, I don’t disagree with you. I would like this society to move forward the way it has moved over the last 8 years.
            That being said, I am not comfortable with the self-reinforcing bias DC and other main cities are exhibiting. Trump has not done anything to take away your rights (so far).
            The DC liberal educated way may not be THE way, that’s all i’m saying. The holier than thou approach that was heavily served to the poor dumb schmucks in Arkansas and the utter lack of self-awareness and assessment is what i find irritating in all these protests.

            PS: as for jewish rights, let me say LOL, sorry. If there is one thing that all these GOPers will not do is have ONE bad word against jews and/or israel.

          • + 1 million. Parkviewneighbor must not be a member of one of the minority groups Trump spent his entire campaign going after. Those of us in that boat are extremely frightened for what the next four years has in store for us. So no, we will not be quiet about it. And I will add that I would not characterize people speaking up about their legitimate fear for their human rights and personal safety as “complaining.”

          • @ParkViewneighbor My bias is towards human rights, nothing more. And frankly, if that makes you uncomfortable that I and others are choosing to be outspoken about it, then by all mean get comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you think the bias is about blaming and shaming “poor dumb schmucks” that aren’t in urban areas, I suggest you re-examine that, because that is not what this is about by any means. But it cannot be denied that the Trump/Pence campaign leveraged racist, xenophobic, sexist rhetoric, and despicably chose to demonize those “others” as the source of all the problems his constituency faced. These accusations were not based on facts, but preyed upon people’s fear and unexamined biases. This devaluation of facts is not something we should be comfortable with.
            Also, please recognize that it is not just about Trump, but the people he has surrounded himself with. Frankly, Pence HAS enacted strong discriminatory policies against women, LGTBQ people, and minorities in Indiana. And that certainly hasn’t made Indiana great. Discrimination and policies and rhetoric that embolden that baseless discrimination do not make America great.
            Re: your PS: See above regarding the rhetoric of the campaign. Explicitly anti-semitic memes, media, etc, where utilized by the campaign. Just because a policy change won’t happen doesn’t mean that there is not reason for fear. The day after the election, my synagogue (Sixth&I) held a service to bring our community together because people were feeling real fear and hopelessness. I truly hope you wouldn’t “LOL” at that, otherwise we really have little to discuss.

        • Just because you won an election doesn’t mean everyone else needs to shut up and take their lickin’s. The man is talking about rolling back civil and bodily rights for millions of people. Folks are just supposed to accept that? I hope you don’t consider yourself a conservative or Constitutionalist.
          WTF is wrong with you?

          • Thanks for the kind words.
            See above. The fallacy is to assume your way is the way. That’s all I’m saying. I’d say it might be but completely disregarding the views of millions of others is just as ridiculous as some of these people’s views on climate change or whatever

          • Wow, I’d love to live in your world. So if the majority of voters believe gay people should be executed, that’s cool with you? Ya know, democracy and all that.
            There’s a good reason why the founders outlined our rights in the Constitution and Bill of Rights – they didn’t trust the masses. If we left decisions like slavery and civil rights to people at the ballot box, blacks would still be chained up in the cotton field.
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            PS – climate change is an actual scientific fact. I know a bunch of hydrocarbon interests want to pretend it doesn’t exist and don’t want to pay for their negative externalities (despite pretending to believe in the “free market”), but it doesn’t make it any less true.

          • You missed the comparison with Hitler here.
            I’m probably not conveying my message clearly enough. People voted. The same system that prevents tyranny of the majority resulted in the majority losing these elections, getting crushed actually. Now what ? Sure, protests are allowed. Protest all you want but from a third party perspective, it looks really similar to a kid’s tantrum. The idea i’m trying to explain is that maybe there is something flawed in the message or delivery method for the Dems. How is it possible to be so convinced that you hold the absolute truth when half of the voters rejected it? The lack of analysis is disconcerting. I’m just asking for some critical review here, not advocating for the extermination of gays or gypsies or whatever.

            PS: Where did i deny climate change? I used that as an example of how some people has ridiculous views on things.

          • HaileUnlikely

            ParkViewneighbor – It’s easy. You start by declaring that dissenting opinions do not count and proceed from there.
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            I voted for Hillary but am fed up with our stubborn refusal to acknowledge and learn from all of the egregious blunders that cost us the election.

        • Our government was designed with checks and balances. Trump won the election, and now it’s up to all of us who oppose his views to check him. The result might be balance.

          • This. I don’t see protests as whining; it is a public demonstration that some of the promises that Trump campaigned on aren’t acceptable and that we, as Americans, will oppose the rollback of those rights. That’s an important part of the democractic process.

        • justinbc

          Yes, we can protest all we want, it’s part of the 1st Amendment.

  • I really wish the march leaders would clarify the permit process — or, if they have, then that it would be communicated better. Getting a permit is a long process. It’s not a rubber stamp. And yes, they applied late relative to others who weren’t responding to a Trump victory and they are likely not getting a permit where they initially requested. But they *will* get a permit. And regardless, a permit is not needed to march to the White House. It is happening and it is important.

  • I actually know some people coming into town from Canada for this. They’re Americans, but said everyone they know is going…we’ll see.

  • Planning to get out of town that weekend. Thinking a quick trip up to Philly and stay at a dog-friendly Kimpton hotel with the buddy.

  • I scheduled my wedding dress shopping for that day before the election. Now it’s something to look forward to after…this. Ugh.

  • Andie302

    We are playing around with the idea of getting married that weekend 🙂 Our house and basement are rented to people traveling in from out of state to attend. We’ll see!

  • Emmaleigh504

    I’ll be out of town. I figure if I have to use PTO for inauguration day, I might as well take a vacation.

  • I don’t need to march. I respect women more than anybody. My respect for women is yuge. I’ve got the biggest respect for women. The best.

  • skj84

    One the fence, but will probably leave town. Its just too much, I think the city is going to be a mess that weekend. The lack of permit, the potential for violence, it all just makes me nervous. Not to mention the organizers haven’t been great about intersectionality. I am going to try to do a housing swap for anyone who wants a place to stay if I can.

  • We’re planning a long weekend in New York. I don’t want to be here for inauguration.

  • Could a “maybe” option be added to the poll? Not sure how many others are in this boat, but I haven’t decided yet one way or the other.

  • Fleeing town to go skiing. Have no interest in the inauguration or this march. Sorry.

  • I’m going! We’ve also got at least 6 friends coming down to march.

  • Yes, we are going. It’s important to me to go because, other than making financial donations to groups supporting civic and human rights, it’s the first chance I have to stand up to Trump. He will be the President, I respect the office, but he also must be held to account. Ninety percent of life is showing up, as the saying goes. This is a chance to show Trump, his supporters, and the watching world that we’re not just going to roll over and accept hateful, divisive and discriminatory language and policies as part of acceptable political discourse.

    I think it may be one of those historic “Where were you when…” kind of weekends.

  • A bunch of friends are coming to town for this. Most are bringing their kids but we are all on the fence about bringing the kids. I know I am waiting to see how the inaguration goes before I commit to bringing my little ones. I have had to go to a lot of marches for work (some I supported and others I didn’t) and some are really peaceful and organized, some are utter chaos (rally to restore sanity), and others got nasty (tea party march).

    I’d love to show my kids what a peaceful protest looks like, because my parents took me to rallys and marches as a kid, but they are young enough that they’d be terrified of a chaotic mass of people. And no one wants to expose their kids to violence.

    • this is a false narrative about violence as a given. The Bush inauguration was a mess logistically but the only violence was police response to protesters who were agitating for a response. DC handles this scale of event fine, whether it’s the inauguration or women’s march. I’m sure there will be overblown rhetoric from Trump supporters but I’m looking forward to overwhelming them with number of marchers

      • HaileUnlikely

        I don’t think anybody is saying that violence will be a given, but that they have some concerns that there might be violence, and that their concerns are substantial enough that they don’t want to bring small children. A risk can be higher than one is willing to voluntarily incur while still being small in an absolute sense and far from being a given.

      • I don’t think a parent weighing the chance of exposing their kid to violence is a false narrative.

        Like I said, I have attended hundreds of marches and rally’s in this country and Europe for work. Some are fine. Some have violence.

        • sadly a parent exposes their child to potential violence every day simply by sending them out the door. Despite what Trump bff Alex Jones says, Newtown massacre really did occur.

    • I would not take young children. The simple fact that even this small group of Pop readers doesn’t seem to agree on whether this is a rally in support of women’s issues or if it’s a protest march should be evidence that there are such strong feelings on both sides that there will be yelling and screaming.

    • I am going, and I plan to bring my infant son. I didn’t really consider violence as a concern.

  • We originally planned to bug out of town for the inauguration, but will stick around for this. Looks like we may have a bunch of people from OOT camping out at our house, and we’re bringing the 15 YO kid. We’ll hunker down at home for the inauguration itself, but will be there for the march.

  • No. I understand why people want to do it right after the inauguration, but it’s extremely disorganized and is not going to turn out the numbers they want. People are doing satellite versions in different cities, so despite anecdotal evidence about friends coming to town, it’s not really going to be this massive march (somewhere, since without permits this is not going to happen in any of the prime locations) that’s going to generate the impact I believe was envisioned. The whole city is going to be a sh*tshow that weekend, so happy to be getting away. Of course that in no way is a criticism of others who choose to participate, as I realize it will be cathartic to many. I do wish it had been planned for another weekend when more could attend and it could happen in a major location since I am in favor of showing the world the US as a whole has not condoned a racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic regime. But this is going to fizzle in my opinion, which is not to say that those attending won’t get support and satisfaction from it.

  • I really wish this had been planned for the week after inauguration. I am fully supportive of the goals, but think turnout and ability to make an impact might be greater when it stands on its own. It also makes it more affordable for out of towners to travel, find lodging, etc, in principle increasing turnout. My concern is that if it falls flat, it gives the naysayers more reason to dismiss the very real issues the march is meant to raise. Also, TLDR, I’m a maybe.

    • Exactly, they chose to do it on a weekend when the city was already overrun with out-of-towners, making it extremely difficult for many to attend the march. Not to mention the whole permitting issue. We all get the symbolism of doing it the day after the inauguration but I think it’s actually going to diminish the impact and when this isn’t a legendary march, that will be another “win” for Trump and his supporters and will not get the point across. Great intentions, but execution is lacking.

    • skj84

      Agree. I understand the statement they are trying to make, but logistically its a mess to have it that weekend.

  • We’re trying to get out of dodge for the whole thing but are struggling to think of a place to take a 1 year old that doesn’t require flying or isn’t a terrible drive. Any suggestions? If it were just the wife and I, we’d whole up in a cabin in the woods somewhere but we need activities for the kiddo so don’t lose our minds!

  • justinbc

    Yes, absolutely. To be clear, this is not a protest of the election, as people who “won” are trying to spin it. This is a protest of the ideals, actions, and words espoused by the man who will be inaugurated the day prior, along with much of the cohort responsible. This is standing up to say those principles are not accepted by us, not just as Americans, but as humans living in a modern era. Making America “great” again does not have include warping us back to the 1950s. Many of us are quite happy with the progress we’ve made as a society that fosters inclusion and values diversity and equality and don’t want to look, or go, backwards.

  • My mother and I have been long estranged due to my stepfather who happens to be a democrat. If this is a way for us to feel that this demigod misogynist can not be held as a resemblance to what America is for than Hail Mary hell fire LETS FUCKING DO THIS? ALso maybe my mom would think he is a my step father is a piece of shit.

  • Going and bringing my infant daughter. I hadn’t considered the threat of violence…

    Does anyone think attending this rally constitutes a violation of the Hatch Act (I work for the fed govt). I don’t think so, but I’m mildly paranoid.