Gathering for the Women’s March: “Today is the first of many days to take a stand against this monster!” declared Erik Coler, the young new president of Village Independent Democrats, from atop the steps in front of the Gandhi statue in Union Square.”
200 people joined the Women’s March NYC, through a combined effort between VID, Downtown Independent Democrats (DID) and United Through Action, on January 21st.
Women’s March participants in Washington DC included VID members Keen Berger and Nancy Shambam among others. It was, around the world, a glorious show of unity with more than 3,000,000 people participating.
Lincoln Anderson covered the New York March thoroughly in The Villager.
In their chants and on their signs, the marchers voiced a potpourri of concerns, from Black Lives Matter to the environment to Trump’s relationship with Russia’s Putin. More than a few signs showed the two men kissing.
The police didn’t have a heavy presence — or at least it didn’t feel that way. Apparently, they weren’t expecting violence from the Women’s March, one woman observed.
So, now the heavy lifting begins. All sorts of sites have sprung up to assist in finding direction: Indivisible, a practical guide for resisting the Trump Agenda founded by former congressional staffers revealing best practices for making Congress listen; OneClickStandUp.com, one stop shopping for anyone who feels the urgency of getting involved right away on behalf of causes that are targeted to become vulnerable in the coming years – we love their “Contact Elected Officials” page. And then, of course there are the daily suggestions and actions found on Village Independent Democrats Page and Group on FaceBook. Join the conversation, sign up, send postcards, make calls.
“The answer I can definitively give is that we, the VID, intend to fight back against Donald Trump. But our fight against Trump is going to be impossible alone. We need people like you to become more involved,” says VID President Erik Coler in a recent editorial in WestView News.