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  • william blake,

    Since Mar 2010 • 380 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Thanks for the knitting pattern reference, Emma. After reading that I went and bought some wool and knitting needles and am doing my first knitting in about 20 years. You don't forget how to. There is a great sense of solidarity knowing you are part of a women's world wide knitting/craft resistance.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3213 posts Report Reply

  • Karen Hester,

    I was knitting my hat for the DC march while reading this and of course messed up a couple stitches. Rosemary, the pussy hats come from Trump's "grab them by the pussy" line. It's a fun participatory craft thing, and we were worried DC etc could be freezing on march day (weather report looks good though!) I know it might sound a little cutesy, but it has been a fun experience.

    The NYC march might be a mess - there are so many people that they required early sign-ups for staggered start times (that's what happens when you begin a march near the high-security UN.) I can't imagine everyone signed up ahead of time, so there'll be insane crowds, and many riled up after the march. Wonder if the city will completely close the streets around Trump Tower 5th Ave. Security had died down quite a bit.

    I'm heading to DC, land of wide boulevards, and expect things will run smoother down there. Not sure if the vibe will be community and hope or anger and fear.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Karen Hester,

    I know it might sound a little cutesy, but it has been a fun experience.

    Thanks Karen. I don't, no can't knit (to save myself) but I might make one out of polar fleece...maybe with sewn in ears. (Although, at first glance the knitted hats appear to have stylized uterine horns.)

    Hope the march stays all about community.... kia kaha, and be safe.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to TracyMac,

    My apologies for the typos.

    And also for my tone. It’s not you at all, it’s systemic and I’m sick of the slurs from every direction, it’s just overwhelming.

    Sarah Grey puts things more coherently.

    My apologies to you also Emma for being an over-aggressive arsehole once again.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    So there is also a virtual march for people who, for whatever reason, can't get to a physical one.

    Physical marches are always slightly problematic for disabled people, or sometimes people with pushchairs, anyone for whom physical activity can be challenging. This time I'm lucky in that my health has been pretty good lately, a friend has volunteered to pick me and bring me home, and the Christchurch march isn't very far.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    There is a great sense of solidarity knowing you are part of a women’s world wide knitting/craft resistance.

    ...is this what they call having 'skein in the game'?
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7939 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Things to know, from the Auckland march organisers:

    A Message from Women's March New Zealand:

    Friday January 20 - one day to go!
    Dear Women’s Marcher, just one day to go until the march! Here is some information you could find helpful.

    SIGNS/PLACARDS
    We encourage all participants to bring their own signs/placards that promote positive messages of why you march. (*Note: Please do not use sharp sticks to attach to the signs/placards. If needed, use cardboard tubing instead.) We have compiled a brief list of potential language below:
    #WhyIMarch…. (give your own reason for why you march)
    Build bridges. Not walls.
    United we stand. Divided we fall.
    We are all responsible for alleviating human and environmental suffering.
    Diversity is our strength.
    Diversity makes America great. Diversity makes the world great.
    Be an ally, not a bystander.
    Don’t tolerate intolerance.
    System change. Not climate change.
    Be the change you wish to see in the world. - Gandhi
    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –MLK
    The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving. - Gloria Steinem
    My body, my right.
    Equal work deserves equal pay.
    Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.
    Liberty and justice for ALL.
    Stronger together.
    He waka eke noa. We’re all in this together.
    There are more ideas on the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WomensMarchesAroundTheWorld/

    T-SHIRTS
    REMINDER - Our limited supply of t-shirts are for sale
    Please pick up your t-shirt(s) at the following location:
    Mexicali Fresh
    15 Nuffield Street, Newmarket
    11am - 8pm
    The t-shirts cost $26 and come in the following sizes:
    W=s,m,l,xl
    M=m,l,xl
    *Sales are cash only (exact change much appreciated). It’s most definitely on a first come first served basis and only until stocks last.

    ON THE DAY - Saturday 21st January
    Please gather by 10:30am on Customs Street in front of the US Consulate in Auckland. We are taking a big group photo at the end of the march at Myers Park at 11:30 to send around the world - and New Zealand is the first country to kick off the Marches! Once at Myers Park we will hear from a great line up of speakers:
    Alison Mau: TV Journalist and Presenter
    Tracey Barnett: American-Kiwi columnist, author & commentator
    Jacinda Adern: Labour List MP
    Pantea “Pani” Farvid, PhD: Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Psychology, AUT
    The Route
    The 1.4km walk will begin at the US Consulate where we will walk up the left side of Queen Street, cross diagonally at Wellesley Street (long light) and continue to walk up the right side of Queen Street, through Aotea Square and up Gray's Avenue to Myer's Park. We expect the walk to take 45 minues. Please take extra precaution at crossings and stay on the footpath at all times.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22811 posts Report Reply

  • Tristan, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    just saw this. Excellent article.

    Being told your not a lesbian because you are not attracted to trans women seems really hurtful. No one says straight men should sleep with transwomen or they not straight

    Mixing Sexual orientation with gender orientation seems really problematic.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • Tracey Barnett,

    #WhyIMarch (Video).mov

    Why I march. Join us, Aucklanders, in front of the US Consulate, 23 Customs Street. This Saturday at 10:30am. #WhyIMarch #WMAkl

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11785360

    Auckland • Since May 2011 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Tristan,

    Being told your not a lesbian because you are not attracted to trans women seems really hurtful.

    It’s more than that Tristan. It’s misogyny: “Be attracted to X or I invalidate you” – Rape culture. There are bigots in every minority who do this shit – and risk turning subjugated groups into political footballs – for their own gratification. Humanity is expert at vilifying whole movements based on the actions of a subgroup.

    What the article tended to skirt around as it misgendered OKCupid's entire trans women cohort is that lesbian transgender women are subject to this.

    "The identities of these men are respected, they are never accused of bigotry for seeking to partner only with “cis lesbians,”

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Emma Hart,

    So there is also a virtual march for people who, for whatever reason, can’t get to a physical one.

    Thanks for this Emma, I'll be there.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Pantea “Pani” Farvid, PhD: Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Psychology, AUT

    That is genuinely heartening Russell. I had to google and I'm pleased I did.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to mark taslov,

    That is genuinely heartening Russell. I had to google and I’m pleased I did.

    Pani's way cool.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22811 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    So I just got home from the Christchurch march, and it was so great to see so many people there. There wasn't much notice, it was all through social media, I was thinking maybe 50-100 people. There were hundreds. The messaging was so inclusive and positive.

    I am fucking exhausted now, but it was worth it.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    The Auckland march was fabulous. I missed the walk up Queen Street (I was e-waste recycling), but got to Myers Park just as the final marchers were arriving.

    The event in the park had a lovely vibe and the speakers were strong, positive and to the point. It was hard to get a handle on the crowd because people spread out, but certainly more than 2000.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22811 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    The panoramas (uploaded at full resolution).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22811 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    Couple more, just as the last walkers were arriving.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22811 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Check who got into the Press's footage of the Chch event.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19705 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Whether that is because the left candidate didn’t have a penis (USA)

    I have reservations about this Bart. Being transgender or simply undergoing GRS would most likely not have enhanced the left candidate’s chances of an electoral victory in the USA.

    I understand that what you meant and what you said are two entirely different things that we have been conditioned to habitually conflate. I hope we reach a point in my lifetime where this is no longer the case.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    The Guardian broadcast the DC gathering live and have compiled a phenomenal collection of videos, articles and photographs of the event worldwide. Beautiful messaging, congratulations to all involved.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    ...and thank you.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    So pleased to see all these bigly marches all over the world. Am spending a relaxing Sunday morning giggling at the imaginative placards.

    And as someone pointed out on a comments thread I was reading, nary a spelling or grammar error to be seen.

    Now, I'm not saying you can get a pretty good indication of political leanings by assessing the amount of mouth-foam in combination with they're propensity for noting that your a moran, but.....

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Rich Lock,

    ...I am saying that anyone lacking a respectable level of literacy might be...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elitism

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

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