The Value of Marching Together: Vancouver Women’s March
Friday marked a day of unwelcome change for many people across North America and the world. Fear seeps in because what President Donald Trump appears to stand for is division.
Saturday blossomed, and was marked by people across the world that gathered in masses and stood together to march for the opposite: inclusion. Inclusion of rights for women, people of various racial backgrounds, sexual and gender identity and socioeconomic backgrounds. Inclusion of various countries; in a global society, the world is not immune to the effects of its neighbouring nations. The Women’s Marches represented both individualism and connected peoples.
Many of the media and online responses have been positive. Some coverage has questioned the value of marching.
Personally, as I shot photos of the Vancouver Women’s March, this is the value I saw: knowing that each marching individual is part of a group of people, who peacefully but with power, stood up and said, wordlessly, “We are feminists. We believe in change, and we will stand by strangers to be part of something together, connected by our values.” The internal, visceral feeling that is: solidarity.
In Vancouver, a “we’ve got things to do” kind of city, to have the opportunity to march together, calmly, respectfully and loudly, is a gift. This gift of solidarity is truly the silver lining.
As the photos capture, the Vancouver Women’s March was home to creative and artful sign making.