Good News Edition – January 27, 2018


Last week was the anniversary of the first Women’s March, and—though you wouldn’t know it by watching TV, since the mainstream media mostly ignored the second Women’s March—women and their allies once again took to the streets in small-but-mighty and impressively massive groups all over the country (← great video at that link, and here are some great pics) and all around the world. From the headliner cities like Los Angeles (600,000 marchers) and Austin to the Sundance Festival (in the snow!) and Seneca Falls, NY (home of the first woman’s rights convention), women were just as fired up as they were a year ago, perhaps even more so.

In Las Vegas, the location of the event’s flagship event, the focus was on the midterms. Called Power to the Polls, the website describes it as, “an event that will launch a national voter registration tour one year after the historic Women’s March on Washington. This next stage of the movement will channel the energy and activism of the Women’s March into tangible strategies and concrete wins in 2018.”

In addition to the big march in Cambridge, many people around Massachusetts joined small, local marches in their hometowns and municipalities, bringing their message to their neighborhoods and immediate communities. A few such marches took place in Lowell, Andover, Ipswich, and Topsfield, among others. In western MA, members of The Resistance flooded downtown Northampton. One attendee at the Northampton march was the much beloved and award-winning children’s author, Jane Yolen. I have long been a subscriber to Yolen’s Poem-a-day mailing list, which delivers—as its title implies—a daily poem. Yolen’s poems touch on myriad subjects and run the gamut from humorous to profound. I was particularly tickled to receive January 24th’s poem, which was about Yolen’s experience at the Northampton march.

Jane has graciously given me permission to share the poem here—just for you!—but please note that, as fabulous as it is, this piece is not to be shared, posted, or otherwise published outside of this blog post.

Enjoy!

(And, if you’d like to sign up to receive her poem-a-day email, you can subscribe here.)

January 24:

Women’s March January 2018 Northampton MA

We came early because we had to,
because the sky was slate,
because parking would become a problem,
because some patriarch-in-the-making
had a bullhorn until a woman,
twice his size took it from him,
the way a mother extricates a drum
from the hands of an unruly child.

We came early  but not early enough,
because we had to park blocks away,
extending the march by a quarter mile,
abandoned it in a lot that warned
not to park, which we ignored,
and found friends and made friends
until the march actually began.

We came late but not too late,
because the sun shone wanly
as if doing us a favor,
but at the end of the line,
which was the complaint section
and that exactly fitted our mood,
so we shouted, waved signs,
felt comforted by the nearness
of neighbors just like us.

We left early because the puddles
of melting snow made walking hard,
not waiting to hear all the speeches,
and the songs, but having read
over a thousand signs, and shouting
till we were hoarse with history
and the thought that we showed
the children among us that protest
was community and moment

which in the end would not be denied.

Copyright © 2018 Jane Yolen Poems, All rights reserved.

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In local good news:

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Planet Earth:

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There’s also some good news on the elections front.

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And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front: 

 

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We’re also hearing SO MANY promising stories news on the Russia investigation front:

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And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:

 

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For MORE Good News, visit What Went Right (WWR) and  Jen Hofmann

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Photo Credits:

“Mass State House Dome”: Photo Credit: twiga_swala Flickr via Compfight cc“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“I Voted”: standing8 Flickr via Compfight cc
“Blind Justice”: Government of Prince Edward Island Flickr via Compfight cc
“Russia Sickle”: AK Rockefeller Flickr via Compfight cc
“Snark Kitty”: Gratisography
“Dog in Lavender”: Bea Antoni Flickr via Compfight cc