By Alexis Cheney – @akcheney

The march may be over, but the messages which rang throughout the country on January 21 continue to reverberate, expressing the pain of racism and the violation of human rights. Even more though, we still hear the hope that these voices hold the power to shatter oppression.

The Marchers

Voices that rang clear in the crowd:

“Jordan Davis! Say his name!”

  • “No hate, no fear! Refugees are welcome here!”
  • “22 cents! 22 cents!”
  • “We stand, we walk/ to end locker room talk!”

“Trayvon Martin! Say his name!”

  • “Love, not hate/ makes America great!”
  • “Hands too small/ can’t build a wall!”

“Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Donald Trump has got to go!”

  • “Love trumps hate! Love trumps hate!”
  • “The people, united, will never be divided!”


Feminist Scholars


Gloria Steinem


“We are united here for bodily integrity. If you cannot control your body from the skin in, you cannot control it from the skin out, you cannot control your lives, our lives. That means the right to decide whether and when to give birth without government interference.”


Angela Davis


“At this very challenging moment in our history, let us remind ourselves that we – the hundreds of thousands, the millions of women, trans-people, men, and youth who are here at the women’s march, WE represent the powerful forces of change that are determined to prevent the dying cultures of racism, hetero-patriarchy from rising again. We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like webpages.”



America Ferrera


“We will not go from being a nation of immigrants to a nation of ignorance.”


Scarlett Johansson

“An opportunity has presented itself to make real, long-term change, not just for future Americans but in the way that we view our responsibilities to get involved with and stay active in our communities. Let this weight not drag you down, but help to get your heels stuck in.”