March in May – A Guide to Political Involvement and Solidarity

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You’ve seen the news articles, the photo slideshows and maybe even a snap story or two from a distant Hockaday alumna. Since the swearing-in of the highly controversial President Trump in January, his decisions regarding a myriad of fields have incited several interest groups to march:  to march for women, to march for his tax returns and most recently this Saturday, to march for science.

While political marches may seem confined to adults as the subjects of news media, students can and have gotten involved in past marches, as documented by Fourcast’s most recent centerspread in the April 2017 issue. Prepare your posterboards, Sharpies, and voices, because here’s your handy guide to upcoming marches:

 

People’s Climate March – Dallas

When: Saturday, April 29 – 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75202

Hosts: Coalition of Environmental Justice, a group of individual DFW environmental and social justice organizations that have banned together, including the Dallas Sierra Club, CodePINK, and Democratic Socialists of Dallas

What: Another nationwide phenomenon, the People’s Climate March is planned for the 100th day of the Trump Administration, a day ringing with historical significance, to draw attention to climate’s role or current lack thereof in politics. “Clear air, water, land;” “sovereignty of indigenous/tribal people and their lands” and “basic rights to a free press, protest and free speech” are only a few of the march’s aims listed on the Dallas event page.

Get involved by signing up here. The hosts remind you to bring water bottles (but not plastic ones of course – this is an environmental march, after all) and an umbrella in case of rain.

 

Dallas Immigrant’s March – Belo’s Garden, Dallas

When: Saturday, May 6 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Belo Garden Park, 1014 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75202

Hosts: The Robson Ranch Democratic Club

What: Citing the hashtag #weallbelong, this event mobilizes DFW citizens to demand respect and consideration for immigrants, especially in wake of threatening rhetoric disseminated by the presidential administration. The Facebook page, where you can RSVP, also encourages participants to vote at the polls immediately following the march.

 

Dallas Memorial March

When: Saturday, May 28 at 4 p.m. – Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m.

Where: Reverchon Park, 2400 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75219

Hosts: Carry the Load

What: The Dallas Memorial March, spanning most of Memorial Day Weekend, represents a bipartisan observance of respect for fallen soldiers. The two-day occasion, replete with inspiration speeches and music, is open to the public, with a two-day march as its centerpiece event. Carry the Load implores participants to stay for the full event by pitching a tent, with camping information on its website.  


Jenny Zhu – Editor-in-Chief

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Jenny is a fruit tea aficionado who loves competitive reality shows (Project Runway Junior), pets every animal she sees and wants to live in a rainforest. Fourcast is her second family.

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