If you’re a NASTY woman and would like to wear one of my NASTY necklaces to this weekend’s protest marches, I have a few available in silver — but you must order by tomorrow to receive yours in time!
As always, $25 of the $300 purchase price will be donated to Planned Parenthood in your name. (That’s a permanent feature of this necklace.) For this week, I’ll also donate an additional $10 per purchase to the Women’s March organizational fundraiser.
All of the necklaces available now have 16″ chains. If you need an 18″ chain, I can do a custom order, but that won’t be ready for two weeks. Don’t worry about that, though. Your need to be NASTY isn’t going away any time soon.
Besides jewelry, there are other important things/info you need for protest marches. Here are some of my own tips that I’ve gotten from long waits in line for concerts and attending music festivals. I’ve tested them out in two New York protests so far and found the concerts really prepared me well!
- If you’re going to D.C., the forecast calls for rain. I recommend the disposable rain ponchos that you can find in a drugstore. Umbrellas are often forbidden in crowds, and an umbrella isn’t as effective as a poncho anyway. Plus it’s better to keep your hands free.
- Speaking of things that don’t work in crowds — avoid backpacks. A cross-body bag is good as long as it’s not too heavy. Even a small leather bag can weigh on your shoulder after a long time. Luckily, fanny packs have made a stylish comeback. I’ve been meaning to get one forever.
- Everyone in your party should bring his or her own phone charger. Not that your phone will be much use, necessarily. Cell phones often don’t work when there’s so much demand on the system. Make sure all your peeps know how to get back to where you’re staying or your form of transportation. If anyone gets separated, it’s a waste of time to try to meet them at some particular location when you know you all have to return to your homebase. When sending a text, include the time you’re sending it, to avoid the situation where it pops up hours later to the confusion of the recipient.
- Speaking of the phone not working, print out any maps you might need ahead of time. Subway maps, area maps, etc.
- Each person should bring some type of snack as well as water. People always go for granola or protein bars, which are fine, but I’ve found Goldfish crackers to be completely indestructible! Put some in a baggie if you like those. If Goldfish can survive the front row of a Lana Del Rey concert, they can survive anything. Those fans are vicious!
- You folks who have medical conditions or who simply get lightheaded from hunger or dehydration — you know who you are. The rest of us are tired of scraping you up off the street (and when I say “the rest of us” I definitely mean “me”). Bring supplies for yourself and tell your companions about any medications you are carrying that they may need to look for in an emergency.
- In addition to personal medications (insulin, asthma meds, etc.), bring Band-Aids and Tylenol/Aleve/aspirin/whatever you prefer.
- I highly recommend cough drops or hard candy because chanting slogans makes your throat sore.
- Do bring a sign! You’ll be sad if you don’t have one. Make sure you read the rules about your march, because wooden posts are forbidden in D.C., at least, but you can make sign posts out of sturdy cardboard.
For more tips, here is Wardrobe Oxygen’s post on what to wear and the Women’s March’s FAQ. Know your rights for the D.C. march by reading the ACLU’s guide here.
Finally, UniteWomen.org shared recommendations for any possible encounters with law enforcement. Read them!
Maalox! Who knew? pic.twitter.com/Dgp5ZYEepe
— UniteWomen.Org® NY (@UniteWomenOrgNY) January 17, 2017
Catherine Gouker says
Thanks Wendy. This is very helpful.
Stay tuned — another post coming!
I had just read this article: https://www.autostraddle.com/what-data-dumps-are-doing-to-journalism-366076/
On autostraddle about leaks and journalism, and I was wondering your opinion. Additionally, I know your true love is the head of Pro Publica and I was wondering what role you think Pro Publica will be playing in the upcoming years of the Trump presidency. Do you think that the Trump government will go very very far in suppressing information, suppressing journalists and punishing them? If so, should we all be donating to Pro Publica right now in addition to planned parenthood, ACLU, ADL, etc?
Thank you for the link! Trump is obsessed with controlling the media. I’m sure you read about what he was saying on Saturday. This is all so disturbing — https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/us/politics/trump-white-house-briefing-inauguration-crowd-size.html?_r=0
I do think ProPublica is a great place to donate to, but seeing as I have a favorable bias, here’s backup from John Oliver: https://www.poynter.org/2016/propublica-is-seeing-a-surge-in-donations-after-john-olivers-trump-segment/439254/
The Committee to Protect Journalists is another important organization — I’ve written about them a ton but I could go on forever! https://www.cpj.org/