Friday, January 4, 2019

The Springs' Womxn’s March hosts writing workshops before 2019 demonstration

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COS Womxn’s March: Writing Workshop, Jan. 6, 2-4 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.; Jan. 11, 2-4 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free, facebook.com/coswomxnsmarch. - FILE PHOTO
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  • COS Womxn’s March: Writing Workshop, Jan. 6, 2-4 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.; Jan. 11, 2-4 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free, facebook.com/coswomxnsmarch.
One great issue with the string of protests, marches and rallies that have risen since Donald Trump’s inauguration: Often the rally represents the extent of someone’s activism, and the extent of their thoughts surrounding it. The inaugural Women’s March in 2017 made historic strides nationwide and here in Colorado Springs, where it was reportedly the largest march in our city’s history, but how many attendees have carried that sense of galvanized activism through the last two years? How many thought intentionally about why they were marching, and used that thought to influence their later actions?

The organizers of this year’s Colorado Springs Womxn’s March (with an “x” replacing the “e” to promote gender-inclusion and a distance from the patriarchy), want to encourage intentional reflection. To that end, organizer Nancy Perez, a poet and writer herself, will host two writing workshops in advance of the march, which will be held Jan. 19. Perez has been writing as a form of therapy for years, but only began performing her spoken-word poetry last year. “Sharing my voice and making sure that other people share their voice is very important,” she says. “Because I came to this country when I was 10, not knowing the language, feeling like someone took my voice away from me. ... Everybody can write. Everybody can benefit from putting themselves in that position.”
Perez will facilitate the workshops with a few prompts to help get the juices flowing, and time for sharing at the end if attendees want to read their work. Perez will also read a couple of her poems. “I think a lot of times that when you can feel heard, when you can feel like there’s others out there that are going through things like you, oftentimes it just creates a sense of community. I want people to leave with a sense of community, but also with a new tool for them to carry on.”

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