Last weekend, millions of people across the globe exercised their civic right to assemble and protest. The day following the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as U.S. President, the Women’s March on Washington, together with nearly a thousand Sister Marches, brought people together all across the country and the world in support of human rights and to demonstrate resistance to the Trump presidency.
Researchers from the University of Connecticut and University of Denver compiled a list of crowd estimates that puts the global total somewhere between 3.5 and 5.6 MILLION people. That is just mind-blowing if you think about it--that’s more than the entire population of Iowa! The Sister Marches were held in solidarity for those marching in D.C. and have been fantastically mapped out across all seven continents. Many celebrities even joined in on the action, including Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, and Scarlett Johansson just to name a few.
One of the most inspiring aspects of the Women’s March has been the formation of the #ICANTKEEPQUIET choir that organized flash mob performances during the march in D.C. with acapella singers from across the U.S. Their original song, “Quiet,” written by MILCK and AG, is about women’s empowerment and went viral after a video from the march was posted on facebook with the following message, “These women are from different states and never met till today. They practiced this song online. I was crying the whole time I filmed this. Show them some love. #WomensMarch #ANTHEM #Icantkeepquiet #TogetherWeRise.”
According to MILCK, the song is “meant to inspire and unite in the midst of oppression.” When it comes to civic engagement, what can you do in your community to show support for human rights? How can you use your talents and passion to help fight injustice?