Standing out in the suburbs

Since November we have all heard much about the January 21st Million Women Marches against Donald Trump being planned in Washington D.C. and beyond. Many will use it as an outlet for their anger. Neo conservative pundits will use it to feed into a narrative about “those lefty urban activists marching again.” Personally, I plan to attend an event in the suburbs with my husband and 4-year-old son and I plan to dress up and look preppy and clean.

There is nothing radical about suburban America and the more evidence of discontent among “regular” suburbanites, the more impact the message will have. America expects childless urban college students to be in the streets marching, and those expectations will be met. But how will Trump and his supporters explain away America’s suburbs, full of parents and children, saying “NO” to their dystopian idea of an America that endorses corruption, greed, and racism? I’m sure they’ll find a way, but let’s not make it easy.

Stacey Meinzen
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  1. Catherine Sharp
    Catherine Sharp says:

    and carry the flag (US) it belongs to us all and I want to stop inwardly cringing when I see it–especially flying from the beds of big pick up trucks.

    Catherine Sharp

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  2. Tish Levee
    Tish Levee says:

    Stacie,
    Well written. Showing up preppy and clean is a great idea. I remember once showing up at a rally (in the 60s) to protest George Wallace with my white gloves and good suit on.
    I hope you will be at the March here in Santa Rosa. I am so thrilled that this is happening everywhere.
    I was one of the 400K people at the Climate March in NYC in 2014. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the same day 375K other people took part in climate actions around the world. That combination really helped to get us to the Paris Accords.
    I am doing publicity for Sonoma County Jewish Women joining our local march and I am emphasizing that this in not an anti-anything march, but it is about all the values we hold dear, not the least of which is the climate, and supporting them.
    I will also be covering the march for the Gazette.
    for the planet, in peace and unity, Tish

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