My Little Activist: Marching With Children and Teens

March Guru loves the hurly burly of collective action. It’s so much fun to be part of one big voice and one big movement. But if one is marching with children, it can get a little hairy. Not all children dig a March, after all. The noise and the passion can be intense. On the other hand, it can be pretty exciting and transformative.

Here are some tips for marching with kids that we uncovered for you. If you choose to bring children, that’s great. And if you don’t, that’s okay too.

 

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The Fine Art of the Protest Sign (Volume 1)

March Guru loves a good protest sign. The best are hand done. Duct-taped to a wooden yardstick. And in relatively good taste. Powerful statements of passion and purpose. (More on that later.)

But we all  know that it is the smart and the funny that get noticed and that we, as marchers and activists, enjoy seeing. They give spirit and energy to the hard work of unifying. They give us a much-needed chuckle.

Here are 21 ideas to help spark your imaginations. We know you’ll come up with even better! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

  1. I’d Rather Be Screaming Into the Void
  2. MY BODY, MY CHOICE, MY INSATIABLE THIRST FOR REVENGE
  3. I Want Substantive Change But Will Settle for You Not Killing Us
  4. Rude of You to Have Made Me Come Out Here on the Weekend
  5. Tiffany, Blink Twice If You Need Help
  6.  I Could Be Sleeping But You’ve Forced Me to Protest
  7. I’m Too Worried to Be Funny
  8. We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Sign
  9. May the Fierce Be With You
  10. Love Not Hate Will Make America Great
  11. Delete your account.
  12. Fight like a girl for your rights!
  13. Sexism has no place in the White House
  14. “I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I’m changing the things I cannot accept.” Angela Davis.
  15. We The People ARE The Government
  16. Dignity, Respect, And Justice For All
  17. Normalize Equality
  18. “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.”
  19.  Silence Is Not An Option
  20. Love = Power
  21. Make America Think Again

And in the NSFW category, these will make you laugh.

PHOTO: Sarah Mirk
and Portland Mercury reporter Alex Zielinski

The Best of the 90s: Protest Music

March Guru is really a 90s kind of guru at heart—proto-grunge, but with a good haircut. Say what you want about the ticky tacky of that decade, March Guru loves it all. And if you love it, too, you’re going to love this list of 90s protest music.

Sonic Youth, baby. Sonic Youth.

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The Well-Dressed Marcher

March Guru has a conundrum.

Look good or be comfortable.

Is there really ever a choice? You don’t want to get too cold, but then again, isn’t it worse to be too hot? To sweat into wool or down or fleece? Oh, the horror.

When marching in New England, one always has to be prepared for the weather. Keyword? Layers. And no matter how tempting it may be to slip into some cool looking kicks or, egads, boots with heels, you really have to go water resistant at a minimum to avoid wet toes and slippage. Check out these some fashionable tips (and practical advice)  for rocking that march route runway. From Wardrobe Oxygen.

PHOTO: Andy McLemore

How to Chant Like A Pro

March Guru loves a good chant. A good chant focuses the energy of the crowd on an important issue like a laser. They can really make your message pop. When you have large groups chanting with you, the chant becomes a symbol of collective power.

The March will have chant leaders who will fire up the crowd, but your group might want to write and chant something of your own which other groups may then pick up.

Check out these pro-tips from labor organizers for writing a killer chant and come to the Boston Women’s March for America with your own chants and blow us all away. Be positive, not negative. Show the way forward.

PHOTO: Carmen Jost
Old School Mood

Why You Should Plan To Make a Little History on Jan. 21.

The March Guru offers a miscellany of suggestions for making a day of it on January 21. 2017 in Boston.

The March Guru loves to make history and hopes you do as well. We will look back at Boston Women’s March for America one day and tell everyone in the coffee shop with us that, yes, we were there that day. 

So take a moment for yourself to mark the day. Take pictures, of course. Put them on Facebook and in 5 years, Facebook will remind you that you were there. If your write, send yourself or a very young person a postcard about the March. Make a promise on the day of the March and keep it. Write a letter to a Senator. Post a comment in a news story about the March.

And then do something.

It’s the doing something AFTER the March that will leave the biggest legacy of all. And that’s how you make history.

Check out the list of community partners on our website and find an organization to volunteer with or an issue to take on.

 

PHOTO:Faisal Akram
Flying Red Shoes