Marches and Protests

Join Your Nearest Women’s March and Tell Your Local Paper to Cover It

You’ve probably heard about the Women’s March on Washington, which will happen on January 21. You don’t have to go to D.C. to participate.

You can join one of hundreds of Sister Marches happening all over America and the world.

Follow the link below to find the Women’s March that takes place closest to you:

https://www.womensmarch.com/sisters/

Click on the name of a nearby city or town to learn more about your local march event.

If you don’t see a march that’s close enough, keep checking back–the organizers are still adding new events. International marches are listed below the United States marches. As of January 6, almost every state was represented. (West Virginia was missing then; here’s hoping they jump in soon.)

You don’t have to be a woman to participate. And your eyelashes don’t have to be as luxurious as the women in the march’s logo, either. If you care about standing up for the rights of everyone, the Women’s March is for you.

*If you can’t go, and even if you can, please ask your local newspaper to send someone to cover your nearest Sister March. Do this even if you think your paper stinks. If enough local people ask it to cover a news event, it will send a reporter.

You will want to make your request to a specific person at the paper. Find your local newspaper’s web site and scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to the ‘Masthead’ or ‘Contact Us’ section. It should give you a list of names and contacts for editors and reporters, as well as their email addresses and social media accounts.

Scan the list for someone who seems most likely to help. Look for titles such as: “Managing Editor, Days” or “General Assignment Reporter.”

Email or tweet your coverage request to that specific person. Keep it brief.

Sample script:  “Please cover the Boston Women’s March, which starts at 11 am on Boston Common, with speeches. The audience will march at noon in a one-mile loop down Commonwealth Ave, Clarendon, and back to the Common. People will be there as late as 3. I will check the Sunday paper in hopes of seeing a story.”

If you belong to a local group that will attend or speak at the rally, let the reporter know, and give contact info for the group–its web site, social media accounts, and the name of the group’s head. Covering a local group gives the reporter a local angle to pursue.

If you don’t subscribe to your local paper, start. The death of print has been greatly exaggerated. Newspapers matter, and they want to give their readers what they want. Show your paper that you want it to cover anti-Trump protests.

*This information first appeared on the January 13 post about Bernie Sanders’s pro-health care rallies. It applies equally well here.

If you can’t go to the march, follow it on social media. Watch the #womensmarch hashtag on Twitter to see live posts by marchers. Retweeting the hashtag during the march will help it climb to the top of Twitter’s Trends list. Go to the Facebook page for your local march and like pro-march posts to help it trend on that platform.

Make sure to vary your posts, both in what they say and when you send them. Don’t just retweet something and only say #womensmarch. Include a longer pro-march comment. And remember that if you tweet too often within a given span of time, you might end up in Twitter jail. Leave at least five minutes between retweets.