by Amanda Ghosh
I know the Women’s March happened a while ago, roughly 19 executive orders ago, but daily resistance trumped the blog writing, which ultimately gave me one pun as well as new thoughts to work with.
Cheery. Antsy. Pink: The Women’s March in DC. It was warm, fuzzy and there were hundreds of pussy hats. It was empowering to swarm together in crowds of feminists. It was fun to meet up (eventually…) with so many of the BTWC team. It was precious to share the weekend with my friend Lucia, a lifelong soul sister who joined us from San Francisco. In my own personal experience, it was puissant to perform our Feminist Flashmob. (I chose the word “puissant” because it’s kinda like “pussy”) Our pop up performance piece and outstanding Lady Liberty puppet felt like an offering to the Women’s March. Together, Lady Liberty and the Feminist Flashmob we performed felt like a true “yes and” - the performer’s motto! YES we will engage; we will march. AND we will add to the experience with something memorable, share historical perspective and stories that might not otherwise be heard if it weren’t for art.
Overall, when I looked outside and around my personal experience, I noticed that although powerful and a big deal, the Women’s March was white.
By Yonit Friedman
Since the first, nausea-inducing moments after Trump’s election, I’ve been struggling with the advice many experienced and trustworthy activists have given me. Don’t try and fix everything, they suggested. It’s impossible, and it’s a guaranteed way to burn out. They’ve advised me to pick a single cause, focus my energies on that, and trust that others will do the same for other causes. While I see the wisdom in this approach, it feels damn near impossible in practice. The entire world is burning, both literally and metaphorically. How am I supposed to focus on just putting out one fire?
by Ariella Axelbank
In the days leading up to Trump’s inauguration, I started seeing reports (from minor but generally trustworthy news sources) about Trump’s plans to gut/eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. As a theater artist with a strong academic interest in government funding for the arts in this country and others, it seemed like a good thing to investigate, especially since very few of the major news networks seemed to be reporting on it, at least initially. Here’s what I found:
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