Jen Haselhorst Photography | Southern Illinois Women's March | January 21, 2017

The Women's March in DC and others across the US are estimated to be the largest one-day protest in the US, with marches all across the globe in at least 60 countries and on all 7 continents (yes, even Antarctica!). Nearly 2 million people marched on January 21, 2017, including about 2,000 of them right here in Carbondale, IL. People of all types marched for women's rights, for sisters and cis-ters, for children, for the environment, for better education, for health care for all, because women deserve equal pay, because Black Lives Matter, because immigrants made and still make America great, because love is love, or because they supported someone who feels this way.

Human rights aren’t a zero-sum game, helping others doesn’t lessen your chances for improvement - it raises everyone's. The more access all humans have to health care, education, fair pay for work, quality food and shelter - the better we grow individually and as a whole.

Marching was only one step. There's still work to do: write/call/email your representatives, make sure you’re registered to vote, speak up and show up for the oppressed, sign up at dailyaction.org, or find another way to take action. Politics are the structure WE build to shape our daily lives and future - if you’re not involved, who’s making decisions for you? If you stand for nothing, what’ll you fall for?