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International Women’s Day

I want to see those pictures, Nicole!

As a matter of fact, I don’t even know if words can express IWD. Of course, having procrastinated so long to write about it, I’m almost sure that I can’t express it.

Let’s see what I can tell you, though. It was a ridiculously snowy day (alas, that meant only a couple of us were there from our group) and they put it to a vote whether we ought to march but it everybody who was there – and oh, my god, there were a lot more than I ever would have dreamed and I wonder how many there would have been on a warm, sunny day – was rarin’ to go! People came out to the sidewalk from restaurants to see us and cheer as we chanted, marched, tooted our whistes, danced and used our signs and banners as windshields until they became sails moving us around.

I just wanted to say that if you can, when it comes around again, you really should go. I’ve never gone to anything like the rally and it’s amazing to hear really good speakers and hear about some of the local sub-issues that fall under the heading of feminism. The fair was great and there were a lot of organizations that have amazing projects going on (which our group may very well tag into). And well, marching makes you feel good. Involved. In solidarity. Raising your voice. It’s simple but it’s really important.



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March 16, 2008 at 6:24 pm

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Post-meetup: IWD Brainstorming

Hrm, let’s blame that one on the weather, shall we?  The meeting last night to plan for International Women’s Day was attended by all of two of us, and plan that took shape as we talked it out is very loose.  We’ll get together again in a few weeks, bring whatever you can contribute to making signs (brushes, bristol board, an old sheet for a banner, tape, etc.), and everyone will paint a sign that says whatever they want it to.  The best choice for a group like ours right now is just to play it loose.  We’re a group of friends (though we may not have met each other yet!) and we’re going to an event together.

We talked about the theme of IWD this year, “The Raising of Women is the Raising of us All,”  and what kinds of slogans might go on our signs that reflect (or don’t reflect) that.  It’s funny how you have to think about details like keeping it brief, because it’s hard to paint a long sentence;P  We’re scoping out a place that can accommodate painting craziness for that next step, so if you have any connections or suggestions, speak up!

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January 31, 2008 at 9:54 pm