Milk.xyz's Editorial Staff on Taking Over Washington
This past weekend, our editors marched on Washington in solidarity with the millions of people who have endured fear or marginalization in the face of a Trump era. On January 20th, 2017, the 45th President of the United States was ushered in, and on the following day, a resistance followed suit. These are the thoughts, feelings, and sentiments as told by our staff members in a personal retrospective on the Women’s March experience inside the country’s capital.
Mathias Rosenzweig, Editor
“The march felt a bit like being in the eye of a storm. It was calm and peaceful, but fueled by the intense aggravation that’s palpable everywhere right now. I was really moved by the kindness around us; people were sharing snacks, passing out toilet paper…just taking care of one another. It was encouraging to find 500,000 allies who are equally as distraught as I am. Everyone developed a sense of validation for their beliefs by seeing it echoed thousands of times over. At the same time, I couldn’t help but feel upset that this group of people were the ones whose rights are being threatened. The entire experience gave me the feels, to say the least.”
Emma Banks, Editorial Assistant
“I had never been to a march or protest before, so I had no idea what to expect. But it was just as mind-blowing and emotional and epic as I thought it would be—just the instant connection you feel with everybody else, the energy in the crowd, the feeling that you can accomplish anything because you’re united and you’re on the right side of history. A really fucking great feeling. I’m hopeful and excited that the magic we conjured up in DC this Saturday will translate to real, tangible change throughout the next 4 years, and beyond.”
Céline Bossart, Production Editor
“From the moment of his election, a cloud of dread and disgust has swallowed me continuously at the thought of the honor of holding the highest office in the country being bestowed upon Donald Trump. To think that hatred and bigotry prevailed over love, justice, and equality has been the hardest thing to stomach above all…it’s a feeling of powerlessness, of helplessness, and of profound dejection. To be surrounded by 500,000 other women and allies with a common purpose–one of resistance and determination against the threats posed by Trump and his cabinet–was among the most emotional and empowering experiences of my lifetime. And although I wish we weren’t in a place in which we’ve had to fight for the protection of basic human rights, to have had the opportunity to do so (and make history in the process) is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life, no matter the outcome.”
Featured images via Andy Boyle
Check out our full photo story from the march here and stay tuned for more coverage on the country’s fight for justice.