April is shaping up to be a great month for marching! By the end of the month, there will be five – count ‘em five – marches at the local, state, and national level. Consider attending one to make your voice heard, speak up for what you believe in, and have a little fun, too.
This is a great time to mention that our Community Calendar includes information about each of these marches and a feature to easily add them to your personal calendar. Take a look!
On April 14 (UPDATE- this march was rescheduled to 4/21, 10:30am-12:30pm) there is a local march in West Chicago at the office of Peter Roskam, US Representative for the 6th District of IL. Representative Roskam has been inaccessible to his constituents and has refused to hold town hall meetings, so Friends Who March are bringing the town hall to him. Last time we attended a protest at Roskam’s office, there were great new friends to have dinner with afterwards; protesting is a great way to meet people! Additional details on our community calendar.
On April 15 there are two local Tax Marches in Chicago and Naperville. This movement has grown from Donald Trump’s promise to release his tax returns and the public demanding he do that now. Modern presidents are expected to share their tax returns as a gesture of transparency, to allow the public to review their financial standings. There’s a general feeling of unease that Trump refuses to share his tax returns… what is he hiding? Additional details on our community calendar.
On April 22, Earth Day, there is a Science March in downtown Chicago, near the Museum Campus. This is a sister march of the March for Science in Washington DC on the same day. This movement is a response to the dangers science faces if the Trump administration continues on its current path. Stand up on April 22 for the scientific community, funding scientific processes, and continued exploration! Additional details on our community calendar.
On April 25, all are welcome to join the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a day of advocacy, lobbying, and a large rally at the state capitol. The focus of this march is to bring people together, similar to the January 21 women’s marches, and promote a progressive agenda that focuses on issues that affect women and, generally, people. Check out our calendar posting to learn how you can get a free ride to and from the march from Chicago on march-day.
So, you have five marches to choose from. Get out there, make your voice known, and meet some new friends! If we’re going to be voices for a more just and fair society, we need to stand up to be counted. Keep showing up, standing tall, and marching on!
Is this your first march? Feeling unsure about what to bring or what the day might hold? No worries! Prepare by checking out this site to make sure you’re in the know and feel prepared.