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Chicago's March Against Trump January 2017

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 Jenny

On January 21, 2017 people all across Chicago came together to march in protest of the election of President Donald Trump. Although, it was dubbed the women’s march, it was so much more than an outcry for women’s rights.  Over 250,000 people marched downtown and over 2 million people nationwide marched in different cities and globally.

It was an opportunity for the marginalized groups in our country to stand in solidarity to send a bold message to the current administration that we are working together to continue to press the issues of the inequalities we still face in this nation.

It was a moment to say we will not stand idly by while the ultra rich, continue to take power and continue to disregard the public needs as a whole. It was a moment to stand with our sisters and brothers, feminists, gay, straight, bi, transgender and gender neutral friends, our Black and Latino communities, our unions, our workers and the disabled to remind the nation that we are stronger together. It was a moment to let the administration know that people are watching, we are listening and we will continue to fight for our rights and voice our concerns against the decisions that one man with power may make.

Organizers and activists used this march to offer alternative ways to create change in their communities and contribute to a greater movement from a local, everyday standpoint. This march was a catalyst. It sparked the energy needed to engage in a greater social movement. Yet, in order to make effective change, we have to move forward with clear and consistent objectives. We have to push for constant pressure on the Legislature and obtain dedicated support from its base in order to see continued momentum. Yet, what is most important to remember, creating systemic change has historically always needed help from people in government. So, call, write and email your representatives and urge them on issues you deem important. Remind them of the needs of their constituents.

This march was more than just a march for women’s rights. It was a march for human rights. It was a march that embodied the voice of the people. It was a moment in history to be remembered. It was the time of citizen’s whose voices were not heard during the elections to let those in power within our country know that we will not go gentle into that good night.

We will rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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