Turning activism into action

How did the largest single-day protest in U.S. history happen, and what’s the movement’s lasting legacy moving forward? The organizers behind the Women’s March joined Salon’s Alyona Minkovski on “Salon Talks” to discuss the unprecedented momentum that led to millions of people taking to the streets on January 21, 2017.

The march’s artistic director Paola Mendoza and organizer Sarah Sophie Flicker discussed their New York Times best-selling book, “Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World,” which documents the many challenges they faced, including debates over inclusivity. “If a truly intersectional women’s movement was easy, we would have been there already,” Flicker said. Over a year later, women have been critical leaders in countless social actions.

Mendoza added, “The fact that 2017 started with the Women’s March and ended with the #MeToo movement is not an accident,” she said. “It is women at the center, shaping culture, shaping the narrative and pushing the envelope towards a better country for all of us.” As for what happens next, the organizers said that they are laser focused on 2018 midterm elections. To hear more, watch the video above.

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