How a Women’s March Once Saved the World [Slideshow]

*Disclaimer – If you have not heard the song “Keep Your Head Up” by Tupac, do yourself and society a favor and please listen. Listen twice, maybe three times. Learn the lyrics, why not?

 

AN ESTIMATED 3 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE MARCHED WORLDWIDE

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, NEW YORK CITY, BOSTON, PHILADELPHIA, LOS ANGELES, SAN JOSE, CHICAGO, DENVER, ATLANTA, SEATTLE, ST. LOUIS, LONDON, PARIS, BERLIN, TOKYO

 

This weekend, I was one of the 500,000+ who attended the Women’s March in NYC, an experience I will always remember. I’ve been to sold-out football games, holiday parades, and music festivals but nothing compared to the atmosphere and importance behind this march. With such an amazing opportunity, it’s tough to express in words how inspiring it felt to take part in, therefore I included a slideshow below of photos I took throughout the day.

 

NYC Women's March

This is where we stand, the first weekend in what molds our futures along with those of our friends and loved ones. We are what democracy looks like. We are what America looks like. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. It is eye-opening to side with a million+ badass woman and their supporters who will not stop because women rights = human rights. Stay nasty, stay resilient.

 

 

Never, ever give up. Never lose hope. We’re fighting for our sisters and mothers and our daughters — we’re also fighting for our fathers and our sons and for people who can’t fight for themselves.

Rep. John Lewis tells the crowd in their continued fight against injustice

 

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Why Canada Is the 51st Shade of Grey

TORONTO IS THAT CLASSMATE YOU HAD A CRUSH ON BUT YOUR FRIENDS CONVINCED YOU THEY HAD COOTIES.

 

As the year came closer to an end, a fear of impending doom lingered. Flashing before my eyes 140 characters at a time. After waking from another daydream of our uncertain future, I did what any rational American would do post-election and renewed my passport. A few weeks later, I gained a sense of comfort I’ve been unable to find the past few months. Elated, I booked my first solo trip out the country for the beginning of January.

Consider this, the night before my flight The New York Times released their picks for the 52 top places to visit in 2017. Drumroll please….yours truly was heading to the No. 1 destination!

 

The Great White North: Canada

Doing Toronto The Right Way

Toronto is cool, like really cool. During the debacle, that was our presidential election it became common to hear opposing views followed by “Go to Canada ya liberal!” which as a response carries no weight. It’s critical that we confront issues rather than deter concerns of injustice. Also, Toronto is awesome. I am confident together we will get through this. At the same time, a weekly plane ticket and Airbnb would put me way over my budget.

 

 Overall, there’s not one bad thing I would say about Toronto. Yes, it was cold, but you’re cold together. A unity I imagine only forms with a universal thinking your government cares. Add they speak English, accept US dollars, and their clean subways, Toronto is an ideal weekend getaway.

 

The Only Toronto Resources You Will Ever Need

(1) Graffiti Alley – As a whole the art scene is massive. From murals on buildings to their structure of skyscrapers, everything fits in and it makes sense. You can walk down any back street and stumble upon something great. Looking for an Instagram backdrop? Check the Fashion District.
(2) AGO: Art Gallery of Ontario – Be advised exhibitions may include photographs depicting nudity and sexuality. In other words, step your game up and you can be in one of the biggest art galleries in North America.
(3) Kensington Market – Similar to NYC neighborhoods’ claim “loose lips raise rents” in the race against gentrification. This cultural mecca deserves to be safeguarded. Evident by signs posted in specialty and vintage shops, asking to not take pictures. I’ll leave it at that, a haven for hipsters.
Honorable Mentions:
(4) CN Tower, (5) CF Toronto Eaton Centre, (6) Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Weekend Trip Recommendation: New York City ✈️ Toronto

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What Your Mother Never Told You About the Subway and Not Wearing Pants

If you needed motivation to not skip leg day this week, I have news for you.

Improv Everywhere’s 16th Annual No Pants Subway Ride takes place this Sunday, January 8th, 2017.

Requirements

  1. Willing to take pants off on the subway
  2. Able to keep a straight face about it

I think we can all agree that there aren’t many benefits to pants. I’m willing to bet that for most of us after our shoes, pants are the next thing to go following an exhausting workday. Even considering their ability to hold our phones and the fact that it’s winter, I find it difficult to come up with a third reason why they should be mandatory.

But how many of us can say we’ve stuck it to society and ventured out in public wearing only our underwear? Let’s not count last Cinco de Mayo because if I can’t remember it, then you’re not allowed to either!

Well, this Sunday is your chance. Boot up, grab a coat and that scarf you always felt would perfectly match your favorite pair of undies, then trek on down to your nearest subway. Join in with hundreds if not thousands of fellow bottomless strangers who also “forgot to wear pants”. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯