Jan. 14th, 2017

lydamorehouse: (Renji 3/4ths profile)
I happened to see that the Women's March (MN) had a sign-making event today from 2 pm - 4 pm at the Black Dog in Saint Paul.  I know the Black Dog really well, since it's the place that my Women of Wednesday used to meet on a regular basis.  We stopped going there when they remodeled and  switched their format to be more of a bistro.  

At any rate, I thought it would be a nice reason to get out of the house.  As I said in my previous post, we've been cooped up thanks to the stomach flu plague, so I haven't really socialized with anyone for about a WEEK.

I got there about ten minutes to 2 pm and was able to find parking on the street.  I'd considered going via light rail, but decided to drive since I had a few groceries I needed to pick up on the way home.  

I could tell by the poster board and boxes of supplies in their arms that a lot of the women I saw as I walked toward the Black Dog were headed to the same event.  I had checked in on the Facebook page and the organizers said there would be plenty of supplies, so I didn't bring any of my own.  There were TONS, because not only did the organizers buy a lot, but also other people had also brought enough to share.  I grabbed a latte, some markers, and poster board, and passed a pleasant couple of hours in the company of other mostly middle-aged, mostly-white women (and their children) gluing, glittering, and drawing.

Was it political activism or was it a "CRAFTER-noon"?

I'm going with: Yes.

I kind of don't see why it can't be both.  We're going to need every body in this fight.--and some of us like glitter  Plus, I keep thinking of my friend who, very recently, considered suicide in the face of losing Obamacare.  They are an artist, and they might have felt very comforted in such a positive, friendly, decidedly female space.  It would have been a chance for them to DO SOMETHING other than despair. It was easy, the room was filled with sunshine and glitter dust, and it was SAFE.

Did I change the world today? No, but I did more than NOTHING and I met people who were like-minded, who want a better world than what we have, and with whom I could spend a couple of pleasant hours, chatting and squeaking away with our fat, Crayola markers on poster board.

Next up?  Stand up, Fight back!
lydamorehouse: (ichigo being adorbs)
 
A nice picture of my sign showed up on the Minnesota Women's March page.  I thought I'd share it here.

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