I Marched, Now What? #WomensMarch

I Marched, Now What? #WomensMarch

The overall learning from the Women’s March is that the real work has only just begun. January 21, 2017, was about awareness, and the world rallied in response. But now that the world’s attention has been held the groups must come together and communicate, and push policy and associations to do better work, and stay engaged as a community.

Our OPN (Open People Network) panelist came from the front lines of the Women’s March. Not only did they march, but they led, organized and acted as media spokespeople. They are: Marissa McTassney, CEO of Moxie Trades Ltd.; Tracey Erin Smith of SOULO Theatre; and Jodi and Savory, Women’s March participants.

Sharing so much information and insights about how our society works, culture, ideologies, and humanity as a whole, we went deep, and the hour went by quick. Below is my show summary, and to playback the full conversation, visit: https://youtu.be/gT3I7uMQ5N4

One word really stood out to me that I want everyone to hear!

Listen: what a powerful word. A word so under utilized by our society, yet we need it more than ever. The panelists agree it’s all about the essence of respecting one another, and knowing that everyone has a story to tell – you cannot hate someone once you’ve heard their story; and when we find out the others’ story, it humanizes them, and we’re in a better position to make peace. Listen to their trials and triumphs – let your heart turn into an ear. The humanity of each being is what we’re searching for, and as Aretha Franklin said, R-E-S-P-E-C-T, everyone wants it, and when people don’t get it, they fight back. So, it’s important to take a breath and use the words to help others understand what we’re feeling – what we need and what we want – it will be a giant leap forward, but it’s going to take time. Let’s all start listening from our hearts, and stretch out minds.

I’ll leave you with this “non-poem” written by Savoy. Not an easy thing to admit. But, until we can be honest about the biases that we have, and our stories about other people and cultures we can’t really hear each other, because we’ll only continue to be defensive and in denial.

Not A Poem
Step 1: Admit you’re a racist yourself.
Step 2: Why are you a racist?
Step 3: Admit you’re racist to someone else.
Step 4: Do something about it.
Step 5: Keep breathing, keep learning, keep listening.
Step 6: Go for a run, or something else; keep breathing keep learning, keep listening.

Thank you to our panelists, this was a great show. Keep connecting, collaborating and LISTENING.

Written by Megan Vickell on behalf of Jeffery Potvin, Hardboot Communications Inc.