We ask, “What will effect change?”
The answer, “Silence.”
When a multitude of voices speak, no one is heard. People stop listening. They mistake competing voices for divisiveness. But with silence, we send a unified message.*
We are a varied and diverse group. Each of us marches with our unique intention, personal fears, and deeply felt anger. If we all speak at once, observers will only hear noise; they will not hear the message. They will hear only angst; they will not hear the issues. In silence, we cannot be dismissed as an angry mob, hysterical and illogical. In silence, we will focus our message. Silence compels attention.
The purpose of this march is to channel anger, fear, and desire into action. To funnel our collective energy into supporting, donating to, and volunteering with organizations that have a unified voice.
Yes, we are angry. Yes, we are scared. Yes, we want to enact change. That change does not come from screaming in the streets. It comes through making connections with individuals and organizations that are doing this work, and doing it well. The purpose of this march is to channel anger, fear, and desire into action. To funnel our collective energy into supporting, donating to, and volunteering with organizations that have a unified voice.
During the Womxn’s March on Seattle, our numbers will speak volumes. Our silence will be deafening.
The organizers respectfully request** that participants be silent until your group has passed the last speaker along the route. Then raise your collective voices and chant, sing, and shout all the way to Seattle Center.
*Silent Marches have a long history as effective expressions of non-violent protest. One momentous Silent March was organized by the NAACP in 1917 to protest anti-black violence. In a reflective interview about the event, the President of the NAACP from 2008-2013, Benjamin Todd Jealous, explained: “When tens of thousands of people march and chant, the focus is on the chant. When tens of thousands of people march and are silent, the focus is on the people. We wanted to make sure that the solemnness, the seriousness of the occasion, came through.”
** Silence is a request, and is by no means a requirement. This is a free speech event, and participants are constitutionally allowed to say whatever they like. Please join us.