On Saturday, Indivisible groups gathered together to join Women’s Marches around the country.
A few of our group leaders had reflections on where they were and how they felt on the day of the first Women’s March in 2017, when Trump administration was one day old and the Indivisible movement was very new.
We also got some beautiful snapshots to share of Indivisible groups at Women’s Marches of 2018, rocking their Indivisible banners proudly under some beautiful blue skies.
“I attended the Women’s March in DC. It was my first rally ever! The march was so meaningful and healing. I thought it really brought out the humanity in people. I never would have imagined in a crowd that size that there could be so much camaraderie. We couldn’t find our bus afterwards in the sea of buses, but it was worth it! I didn’t realize until I got home how everyone involved that day was making history.”
– Amy Levenwood, Indivisible Berks, Pennsylvania
“I attended the Women’s March last year with my family, joining up with a handful of Indivisible members. Having a 2, 4, and 6 year old with me, I was focused on them more than Indivisible, but that was a big moment for me as I saw what was growing in our country. That night, while I slept, my group’s mailing list doubled from 200 to 400 in an 8 hour period. For weeks, it continued to grow by 100-200 members per day until it reached over 3000 members.
This year will be a different experience as we now have over 6000 members and will be marching with our banners, a coalition of at least 30 neighborhood groups along with groups from the suburbs and surrounding areas, and we are expecting over 1000 members of Indivisible to march together ”
– Jason, Indivisible Chicago, Illinois
“I attended the march in very rainy Portland, OR. I am 5’11”, perfect ‘umbrella in the face height.’ It was so crowded that we couldn’t move. We were huddling in soaking wet solidarity. My realization was that I wasn’t alone. It was amazing.”
– Chris, Indivisible WA8
“The day after the election I had to teach …and was saddened and horrified to see how many of our Spanish speaking students were absent that day. It was scary. They really thought that he was going to come after them immediately. I had to do something with the rage and anger I was feeling. I also had a strong friend group that also were in shock and disbelief and we all were immediately seeking ways to turn our rage into something that would sustain us over the next four years….
November 10 the Women of F*ckin’ Action was born. W.O.F.A. I sent out an e-mail to some friends and neighbors inviting them to whine and wine. That first meeting was after Thanksgiving and we had over 40 women in my living room. A former student who was now a teacher in Central Falls, Rhode Island wanted to bring his high school class to the march in January and was seeking funding for buses, rooms, and food for his students. Our first project was born! And what a success that was! W.O.F.A. hosted over 70 students and staff from Central Falls during the Women’s March. It was an incredible experience for all of us. During this time we were one of the first groups to sign up on a website called Indivisible! And all of a sudden our Facebook group went from 87 W.O.F.A. to 1,847 .
– Michaela, We Of Action, Virginia
“ I went with my family. We were astounded by the sheer size of the crowd (over 200,000 by some estimates). This year we are marching together under our IFRR banner.”
– Katie, Indivisible Front Range Resistance, Denver, Colorado
“I remember my awakening very clearly. It started on the chilly morning of January 21, 2017. My family had gathered for the Women’s March in Washington, DC, and we were excitedly taking pictures of ourselves while we waited for our subway into DC We were pumped! And then, the first train arrived, already rather full even though our station was only the second stop in that direction. The energy that filled our subway car was electric, and it grew at each station along our way as we saw more and more marchers waiting to board the subway and to join us at the March.
Once we arrived at our stop, we proceeded to the March and were thrilled to find a tremendous crowd of men, women, and children. The speakers inspired us and motivated us to stay engaged and to stay active in the days and months that were to come. Particularly memorable was filmmaker and activist Michael Moore, who urged us to ‘Call Congress. Every day!’ I remember taking out my cell phone to enter the phone number that he recited because I was motivated. I, who had never called a member of Congress before, was going to make my voice heard. It was an empowering occasion. And the next day there was a world map with so many dots indicating other empowering Women’s Marches. All over the globe!”
– Linda, Indivisible AL5