That’s what Becky Flynn kept calling us, everyone who was standing in the rain for Basic Rights Oregon‘s Rally to Defend Equality. Here’s some background on why we were out there.


I don’t go to a lot of rallies. I once read an interview with Alison Bechdel wherein she confessed that her Dykes To Watch Out For characters are way more activist than she is. I can’t tell you how much that comforted me. Rallies, no matter how worthy the cause, always make me remember school spirit pep rallies. What do I want? Not to chant! When do I want it? Now!

But sometimes it’s what needs to be done.

Standing there in that crowd, I remembered the very first march and rally I attended. It was my senior year of high school. I’d made friends with a girl named Marcia, who was in the Spanish class I was taking at the U of M.

Marcia told me about Take Back The Night. I asked my parents if I could go, and they said yes. I marched, chanted, stared, smelled what I would learn was a typical mix of patchouli and sweat.

I remember there was a dance afterwards. I was too shy to go.

But I also remember how proud and glad I was, and how I suddenly understood the power of being part of a crowd that shared my beliefs about something. Of being visible and being heard.

Tonight I was that proud, and that glad, again.


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  • Laural
    February 2, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Sara,
    I haven’t been to a rally since college which has been a while. Though I always attend the Pride parade which has the feel of a rally to me. And you help me remember the feelings of a rally proud, glad and very moved. Maybe I should attend another soon? Great website!

  • Sara
    February 2, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks Laural! :)

  • Katie
    February 2, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    I remember loving rallies; can’t hack them these days but I was primed to attend this one. Was sick at home instead; not very hardcore.

    BUT! for the first time I can remember since I became politically aware, this rally was well rewarded on Friday. Thanks for being there, Sara!