by Danny Bradley
The city of Liverpool has a proud history of organising and enacting peaceful protests and demonstrations for countless causes for social justice. Last Saturday was far from an exception.
The grounds of St George's Hall seemed to be overflowing with people who turned up to march in solidarity with the women of America. The speakers were inspired, the chants rang loud, and the signs were utterly brilliant. (See attached photos - apologies for the Merseyside slang. Americans reading this; you haven't got a chance!)
Perhaps it was due to the transatlantic time difference, allowing us on this side of the pond to watch the inauguration straight after work, but the presidential ceremony left me feeling even more bewildered and crestfallen than I thought it would.
However, attending the Liverpool rally was quick to relight the flame.
The organiser had only put the event up a week or so prior, and yet everyone came out in hordes. Clearly, the sense of gloom was shared by a lot of people - but they decided to come together and make a concerted effort to transpose the greyness into active calls for change.
Those who approached the microphone spoke of the individual causes that they supported and how best we could get involved. I found that this helped break down the overarching sense of dread into smaller, bite-size chunks of activism; ways to actually participate in resisting the encroachment of intolerance.
I was proud to be at the Liverpool march. And I will keep being proud of the small, and sometimes enormous, ways in which we can all continue to show support for those who'll need it the most over the next four years.
Danny Bradley is UK based actor, musician, and long-distance collaborator with BTWC
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