One of Five Million: A Story of Showing Up and Being Counted

  • Kathy Byers
Keywords: Women's March, human rights, quilters, Occupy, Black Lives Matter, Michel Coconis, National Association of Social Workers, Facebook


On January 21, 2017, people of all backgrounds—women and men and gender nonconforming people, young and old, of diverse faiths, differently abled, immigrants and indigenous--came together, 5 million strong, on all seven continents of the world. We were answering a call to show up and be counted as those who believe in a world that is equitable, tolerant, just and safe for all, one in which the human rights and dignity of each person is protected and our planet is safe from destruction. Grounded in the nonviolent ideology of the Civil Rights Movement, the Women’s March was the largest coordinated protest in U.S. history and one of the largest in world history (Women’s March, n.d.).

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