Here in Spokane, we had just had the 2018 Women’s Persistence March, where thousands of people came out to champion various women’s issues and progressive causes. From my layman’s perspective, the vibe was bolder, braver, and even more determined than it had been at the 2017 Women’s March. The signs were saltier, the messages clearer, and it seemed that we’d all moved past our collective surprise and excitement at how enthusiastically our community showed up for this event. In other words, the novelty had worn off; now, we mean business.
Leading up to the event, I knew I wanted address it here on The Woodsy, but I wasn’t sure how. I considered various posts, round-ups, even journal-style reflections. None of it felt right. Then, things came together when I had a chance to check-in with Amanda Speer-Mead, one of the organizers of Spokane’s 2017 Women’s March.
Amanda is an educator, writer and activist originally from Montana, who’s also in the midst of a really amazing writing project called New Things Scare Me (great title, right?). I first met her last spring when both of us were interested in supporting a local political candidate. To be totally honest, I was a little starstruck when I heard she was one of the people behind the Spokane March. I played it cool and didn’t ask her for an autograph or anything, but I was humbled to be in a small group with her. It’s impressive–no, inspiring–that a small team can have such a major impact on so many people with their efforts.
Below is a quick Q&A I got to have with Amanda. My favorite takeaway is the idea that some of the people behind some of the most successful projects, like the march, are learning as they go. –Dena
Give us an idea about how it felt to be a part of organizing the Spokane Women’s March: