Knoxville Women’s March 2.0

Women’s March 2.0, Knoxville, January 2018

It’s been a year since the original Women’s Marches took to the streets all over the world and made an unprecedented statement in Knoxville. I noted last year that in my 35 years in Knoxville and having observed many demonstrations of various stripes, I’d never seen anything like it. The crowds, estimated at 3,000 to 5,000 dwarfed the largest demonstrations I’d ever seen here. Typically measured in the dozens – if that – there was nothing in our recent history to compare.

The, then recent, election of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth President of the United States had stunned many and, while there were many causes represented at the marches, they were widely understood to be a reaction against him personally. Seen by Trump’s supporters as sore losers, “get over it,” became a familiar refrain for those opposed to the marchers.

Women’s March 2.0, Knoxville, January 2018

Women’s March 2.0, Knoxville, January 2018

Women’s March 2.0, Knoxville, January 2018

It was a fair question: Would the marchers, “get over it?” The marchers had accomplished one thing: Previously inexperienced organizers had, in very short order mobilized perhaps the largest march in recent Knoxville history. But what would happen next? Would these women and their supporters retreat to their previous level of involvement? They marched, but would they vote?

The national answer to that question has been fairly consistent and clear in the year since: More women than ever are running for office and are being elected. Locally, our recent city council elections reflected the national trend. Women won in every single district in which a woman ran. Four newly elected women joined our city council in December and none of them had ever run for office before.

Women’s March 2.0, Knoxville, January 2018

Women’s March 2.0, Knoxville, January 2018

Women’s March 2.0, Knoxville, January 2018

Women’s March 2.0, Knoxville, January 2018

Still, as the date of the Women’s March 2.0 approached, I wondered how it would compare to last year’s march. It’s been a year, perhaps some of the enthusiasm had waned. As the announcement was made that the Traditionalist Workers Party (a white nationalist group led by Matthew Heimbach and best known for their involvement in the Charlottesville protests) would join in support of the March for Life, an anti-abortion group holding a rally on the World’s Fair Park, I heard some women say they may stay away for fear of violence.

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Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (1/21 – 1/30/2018)

The Terrapin Quartet, Uncorked, Knoxville, January 2018

The Terrapin Quartet, Uncorked, Knoxville, January 2018

If you want to be certain your event is included on this calendar, I’ll need your event two weeks in advance. The absolute best way to make sure I include your event is to make a FB event and invite me – two weeks in advance. My FB “events” are the one place I’ll go to every time – if you invite me before I write the post.

If you see an event I’ve missed and you’d like to plug, please comment below. I am no longer able to add to the list events about which I was not informed in advance – it’s just gotten too big, and that’s a good thing. Staying true to the scope of the blog, I’ll only list downtown or near-downtown events. Any number of venues outside of downtown have some great events, but I have to draw a line somewhere. If you want to add those in a comment, that’s fine. Please “Friend” me (Alan Sims) on Facebook and invite me to your events. Look over to the right of this post and not only “friend” me, but “like” Inside of Knoxville. Subscribe (also to the right) to make sure you catch all the posts.

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Tuesday, January 23

The Terrapin Quartet, Uncorked, Knoxville, January 2018

The Terrapin Quartet, Uncorked, Knoxville, January 2018

Wednesday, January 24

 

Thursday, January 25

  • Makers Donuts’ 2nd Birthday! Makers Donuts, 804 Tyson St, 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Special Events Community Meeting, Civic Coliseum Ballroom, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Preschool Art Club, The Basement Community Art Studio, 9:30 AM, $85 per month for one day a week (additional day $40)
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Monkeyujnk / Evan Baker, Visitor Center, Noon, FREE
  • Kick off Event and Fundraiser Hosted by Griffin for Knox County Commission, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 5:00 PM
  • City Council Workshop, Main Assembly Room, City County Building, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • WDVX’S Six O’Clock Swerve Presents Handsome and the Humbles, Barley’s 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, FREE
  • Zentangle Club – January, Basement Community Art Studio, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, $15
  • Burns Supper, Boyd’s Jig & Reel, 6:30 PM, SOLD OUT!
  • Greg Tardy, Bistro at the Bijou, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • What’s in the box?! Dinner, Old City Wine Bar, 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM, $50
  • The Carpetbag Theatre Presents: Nothin Nice, Square Room, 7:30 PM – 9:30, $15 – $100
  • Knox: Krish Mohan & Andrew Frank’s Nationwide Comedy Takeover, LiterBoard, 1848 Cumberland Ave, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • The Monday Movement, Loose Leaves & The Holifields, Scruffy City, 9:00 PM
  • Monkeyjunk, Barley’s, 10:00 PM
  • Airshow, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM, FREE before 8:00 PM / $3 After

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Local Inventor Brett Burdick Finds Success With a Hedgehog Featherboard (Say What?)

Brett Burdick, Knoxville, January 2018

There's an old question: How does a writer (or substitute your profession) make a million dollars? Answer: Well, you start with two million . . . The joke could certainly apply to inventors who may sink thousands of dollars (or much more) and years … [Continue reading]

Embassy Suite Details – And Three Favorite Local Businesses to Join Them at the Location

It's been nearly three months since the announcement that the Conley Building at 505 - 507 Gay Street would become an Embassy Suites. The long under-utilized building sits at arguably the most prominent intersection in the city and development, long … [Continue reading]

It’s Severely Cold Outside – Want to Jump into the River?

As I write this article, the temperature outside my home is 16°, headed down to a low of 6°. It's the kind of weather that makes you want to cover with a blanket and sit by a fire until spring. It's not exactly the kind of weather that calls to mind, … [Continue reading]