I can’t go to the Women’s Marches in protest of the Trump inauguration but I can do something to mark my dissent. I heard about the #writersresist idea and decided not to wait for someone else to organize. I made a Facebook event.
Please join us for a #writersresist write-in on Jan 15 at the Main Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6B1) at 4pm-5pm at the cafe tables outside the main entrance above the “moat”. We have no agenda other than spending time writing in community with people. Bring paper and a pen, bring friends. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world!
Everyone is welcome. This is a self-guided and peaceful event for all to enjoy. Kids welcome.
The Writers Resist event, which is taking place throughout North America uses a general form. We Vancouver writers can decide if we would like to pursue this when we meet. Everyone is welcome to participate in this event to their own levels of interest and comfort. The focus is on spending an hour together that is positive, protective of democracy, unifying, focused on social good.
From Writers Resist :
We ask local communities of writers to organize themselves using our Writers Resist framework (described below.) This framework deliberately leaves room for local groups to address issues of their choosing consistent with our shared goals. We invite local groups to title their event accordingly by filling in the blank: Writers Resist: ________.
To ensure our most widespread and effective impact, this inaugural theme should be reflected in the setting and tone of the events, with writers reading their own works as appropriate, but particularly highlighting relevant readings from a selection of diverse writers’ voices throughout history that speak to the ideals of democracy.
Writers Resist is not affiliated with a political party. We wish to bypass direct political discourse in favor of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy. In order for us to heal and move forward, individually and as a nation, we believe people need something to be for in this anxious moment. The only thing we “resist” is that which attacks or seeks to undermine those most basic principles of freedom and justice for all.
We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting “anti” language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.
We believe these events will coalesce and energize a widespread network of writer-activists throughout the United States and in other countries capable of becoming a consistently potent voice and force for social good around the world.