Broad Street Review goes to the Women’s March

Walking the walk

Got together with a few friends this weekend; 50,000 of them, in fact, here in Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It was one of the first times since the election I've felt a shred of hope about our political future. I loved looking around the parkway and seeing so many people joined together for so many common causes. Philadelphia's march organizers did a great job of keeping diversity at center stage when it came to the afternoon's lineup of speakers

One of the "Stranger Things" at Philadelphia's Women's March. (Photo by Harlan Wiener)

Be heard

But it was a particular delight to take part in this mass act of civic engagement alongside all those museums that were open for business. I hope their numbers soared. These grand institutions -- the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum, Free Library of Philadelphia, Academy of Natural Sciences, Franklin Institute (and pretty much every other institution and arts organization we cover in Broad Street Review) -- have each benefited in ways large and small from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanites, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This means you -- yes, you specifically -- have also benefited from them. 

If the arts and freedom of expression matter to you (and obviously they do, or else you wouldn't be here), please contact your senators and let them know about it. Ask them to reject the Trump administration's plans to privatize public broadcasting and kill the NEA and NEH. Send them a postcard, paint them a picture, sing them a song, choreograph an interpretive dance and send them a video, do whatever you can to convince them the arts matter -- and while you're at it, let them know about whatever other issues matter to you. That's what they're there for. 

Find your congressional representatives here and your state senators here. You can also sign this petition, though right now there seems to be an issue with it properly registering signatures.

Look here

As an added treat this week, I asked Broad Street Review's contributors to send in their favorite photo from the weekend's march. Most sent photos from Eakins Oval, but we also received submissions from Albuquerque, New Mexico; Manhattan; Oakland, California; and Washington, DC. A few more might be coming, and I'll add those to the slideshow below as I receive them. Though most of these photos are from people who have helped us understand our city in their own words, it sure is great to get a chance to see it through their eyes as well. 

At Philadelphia's Women's March, Sarah, a young mom, knows that to stand up for women is to stand up for everyone. (Photo by Alaina Mabaso) Because we're all standing on someone else's shoulders. At Philadelphia's Women's March. (Photo by Anndee Hochman) BSR contributor Bob Levin is all in at the Oakland, California, Women's March. (Photo by Adele Levin) California gotta California. Meditators at the Oakland Women's March. (Photo by Bob Levin) Ilene Rush and friends at the Women's March on Washington, DC. (Photo courtesy of Ilene Raymond Rush) The Women's March on Philadelphia, Eakins Oval, 10:45am. (Photo by Katherine Fritz) Dignity. Women's March on Philadelphia. (Photo by Martha Ledger) Women's March NYC at West 48th Street, one of many tributaries making their way to Fifth Avenue, 1:15pm (Photo by Martha Steketee) BSR proofreader/fact checker Sarah Grey's daughter wins friends and influences people at Philadelphia Women's March. (Photo by Sarah Grey) At Philadelphia's Women's March, BSR contributor Melissa Dunphy has an alternate title for POTUS45. (Photo by Matt Dunphy) At Philadelphia's Women's March, BSR contributor SaraKay Smullens seconds Dunphy's sentiment. (Photo courtesy of Sarakay Smullens) Discarded signs still have a message for passersby on the Vine Street overpass. (Photo by Merilyn Jackson) Albuquerque's Women's March: Native demonstrations, speeches by local women leaders, prayer, poetry, live music. (Photo by Brittany Barbato) A sampling of signs at Philadelphia's Women's March. (Photo by Darnelle Radford) Some Girl Scout troops marched at the inauguration, but one Philadelphia troop stayed home to do what it does best. (Photo by Naomi Orwin) In New York City, a Women's Marcher looks ahead. (Photo courtesy of Peter Burwasser) Philadelphia actress Kristen Norine had a pretty good time at Philly's Women's March. (Photo by Cara Blouin)

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