Carole Copeland Thomas participating in the Washington DC Women's March on January 21, 2017
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I heard the call and I answered without hesitation. That’s just how it hit my spirit. Days before America had witnessed one of the biggest upset elections in our history when the influential Hillary Clinton had lost the presidency to a man with a checkered personal and business background who had never held public office. It was the electoral college votes in three key states that carried him to the finish line, despite the more than three million popular votes cast for Clinton.
By November 9th, that turn of events left the nation shocked, elated, saddened and resentful and the election results came rolling in. Donald Trump would be the 45th president of the United States of America.
While some sat and cried, Teresa Shook, a 60-year-old retired grandmother from Hawaii took action. She set up an event page on Facebook and asked friends and colleagues to sign up for a proposed March on Washington on January 21st. The list grew from 40 to 10,000 within days, and a new movement was born.
We’ll tell the rest of this amazing story and how this march affirmed my principles as I marched with thousands last Saturday in Washington DC.
One woman made history and has ignited the fighting spirit of an American society. On today’s show, we’ll tell you how you can get on board by making your voices heard.
About Teresa Shook and the January 21, 2017 International Women's March
(Source Wikipedia and Reuters)
Hawaii grandmother Teresa Shook wanted to share her outrage with other women the night after Donald Trump was elected president, but she had few options in her remote island community. So she went on Facebook and in a popular political group wrote the first thing that came to mind: I think we should march.
Four weeks later, organizers credit Shook’s quiet plea with igniting what could be the largest demonstration in the nation's capital related to a presidential election.
More than 125,000 people from across the country have signed up to march in Washington on Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s inauguration in support of women’s rights. Sister protests are planned in London and Frankfurt and online interest has grown to hundreds of thousands.
"I didn't have a plan or a thought about what would happen," Shook told Reuters by phone from the island of Maui. "I just kept saying, I think we should march."
(This article was written before the March exploded to include over 2 million people worldwide.)
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