One Woman’s March

By Kim Parson

This year’s Chicago Women’s March to the Polls was huge. It was even bigger than last year’s Women’s March, with more than 300,000 coming out to protest.

The Resistance is strong, and we will not lose heart. We boarded buses and trains and drove downtown early in the morning from all parts of the 10th Congressional District – from Libertyville, Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Gurnee, and more. The coffee shop at the Lake-Cook Metra station opened on the weekend to make sure the marchers had enough caffeine. Tenth Dems distributed beautiful signs they designed. The Chicago police, sanitation workers, and others there to keep order were all friendly.

This year’s March was just as peaceful and moving as last year’s. One of the crowd’s favorite chants was a simple but moving call and response:

“Show me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like.”

We were surrounded by people of all races, genders, socio-economic classes, ages, and religions, unified by our demand for compassionate and fair representation. We were all there to send an unambiguous message to the administration and Republicans in Congress that we will not go backwards on issues like women’s rights, the right to vote, freedom of speech and of the press, freedom from religious persecution, equality for people of color, access to affordable healthcare, path to citizenship for Dreamers, LGBTQ+ rights, protection of our environment, and the many other fundamental principles upon which our country was founded.

We traveled downtown to make our voices heard and presence felt. We remain steadfast in our belief that even while our country continues to experience so much divisive and hateful rhetoric, love always wins and will prevail.


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