Not everyone has been here and done that. I've been on the streets several times since the inauguration (my yellow sign to the left says Jewish Lesbian Against Islamophobia - I was at the demo photo below), and I'm seeing thousands of young people who have never before had the experience of mass demonstrations. Who have never been surrounded by a sea of people who share their views. Who have never been given that sense of hope that you get when 175,000 people turn up while you were expecting 20,000 (such as Boston's Women's March). And then there are the people who may be older than young - for whom this is their first active, public political engagement.
To those who say that these executive orders are "distractions" - not the really serious issues, my favorite film reviewer and good friend Danny Miller says, "There is no order of importance to the daily horrors — ALL must be protested. The Muslim ban is as bad as it gets and must not be tolerated — how could it be seen as a distraction? That's like saying the Nazi death camps were a distraction from the occupation of France."
Quit poo-pooing these astonishing, spontaneous, street actions. They are energizing, they require a public stand, and they show others that it can be done. To all those who are tired after decades and decades of demonstrations (and in some ways I am one of them), look around. There are other generations ready and able to take the lead. And at the head of those other generations, the activists are women. From Black Lives Matter to the Women's March, the lead activists are women. At the mic and at the mic-check, the speakers are women. Quit condescending to the marches and rallies. They are a training ground for waves of fresh energy.