2018 Women’s Marches Get Serious About A New Political Landscape

By John Wildermuth
San Francisco Chronicle

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Martha Shaughnessy, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Women’s march says “action, not words, will be the key” to the 2018 marches.

San Francisco Chronicle

Backers of this weekend’s Women’s March aren’t looking for a repeat of last year’s landmark event, where millions of people in cities across the world took to the streets to protest President Trump’s election, his proposed policies and his treatment of women.

This time they want something more. And different.

“We don’t want to march just because we did it last year. This isn’t a reunion in the streets,” said Vicky Mattson of Monte Sereno, co-leader of the San Jose march set for Saturday. “Last year was sort of cathartic, just getting out on the street. But this year we have people who are both engaged and willing to get involved.”

Action, not words, will be the key, added Martha Shaughnessy, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco march.

“We’re looking for people not to just empathize or go on Facebook or talk about it at dinner parties, but to take action,” she said. “We’re connecting all sorts of disparate groups who have always operated in their own silos.”

That’s a big change from a year ago, when just showing up in amazing numbers seemed for many to be message enough.

On Jan. 21, 2017, an estimated 500,000 people marched through the streets of Washington, D.C., dwarfing the 200,000 spectators crowd-counting experts — but not Trump — said had shown up for the president’s inauguration the day before.

But that number paled compared to the number of marchers outside the nation’s capital. Sister events in San Francisco and Oakland each brought out more 100,000 marchers, with another 40,000 showing up in San Jose. Similar crowds were seen in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and other cities across the county.

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