The Future Is Female

The Future Is Female

Photos of D.C. march by me

Been a long year. But as one of our favorite signs from the march in D.C. crowed, "Still I Rise." Hundreds of thousands of people, largely women, will once again congregate across the beleaguered country to vow to do better and "grab 'em by the mid-terms." By now, last year's shock and horror has turned into....well, actually, it's still a hefty toxic daily dose of shock and horror, but it mixes now with battle-weariness, occasional despair (though we fight it), dearly beloved black humor, fantasies about Costa Rica and a gritty determination to take back what monsters and bigots are trying so hard to destroy - aka to "grab 'em by the mid-terms."

The marches are everywhere; their very numbers inspire. So do the principles behind them: Power to the Polls and Together We Rise. There is art for us, and there is music, especially the soulful anthem "I Can't Keep Quiet," created last year by Connie Lim, who records under the name MILCK. Her a cappella flash-mob performances at  the D.C. march, performed by 26 women from across the U.S., sparked an international movement and a website that continues to galvanize. For inspiration, we revisited "Quiet" before heading to Maine's march in Augusta. See you there, or at the polls. And remember Keith Ellison: "Organize, organize, organize."

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