March On in Blacksburg


March On in Blacksburg – a Women’s March Discussion Group


(We first met on Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and decided to continue meeting. Please contact Anne Giles, [email protected], 540-808-6334, if you would like more information or would like to join us.)


Anne’s Place – Directions


Laurel Sindewald attended the Women’s March on January 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  She wrote in an unpublished memo to Anne Giles: “I remember the first cheer that rose from thousands of throats, rising like an army in charge, swelling to fill the sky and tell the world–we are here.” (Update: Laurel wrote further about her experiences here.)

“This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.”
-Excerpted from the Women’s March mission statement

We are here in Blacksburg, Virginia. How shall we “March On” after the Women’s March? Do we want to be a part of “unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up”? If so, what do we think would be important to do?

Laurel and Anne invite you to a discussion meeting, sponsored by Handshake Media, Incorporated, to explore answers to those questions.

In particular, we’ll discuss:

  1. What did the Women’s March mean to you?
  2. What do you want to see happen next?
  3. What can we do, individually and together, to take care of ourselves and each other to further strengthen us?
  4. What questions would we want to discuss the next time we meet?

Our objectives are to:

  1. Deepen existing relationships and create a community of new ones.
  2. Explore what is important to us and what our priorities might be. (“Begin with the end in mind.” – Steven Covey)
  3. Consider actions we might take, whether individually or as a group.
  4. Provide an opportunity to feel the power that results from community and clarity.
  5. Determine a date and time for a next meeting.


5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Gather, greet, and enjoy appetizers from Our Daily Bread with sparkling water, courtesy of Handshake Media, Incorporated
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM Round-robin sharing on Question 1
5:45 PM – 6:15 PM Round-robin brainstorming and sharing on Question 2
6:15 PM – 6:30 PM Round-robing sharing on Questions 3 and 4
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Final insights and farewells


  • All materials
  • Appetizers, sparkling water, tea, and coffee

What to bring:

  • Yourself
  • Personal food or non-alcoholic beverages as you need or prefer

What to do:

  • Email Anne Giles at [email protected] or call her at 540-808-6334. We will not be creating a Facebook event, so please reply to Anne directly.
  • Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Attendance is limited to 10 participants.

Special notes:

  • Anne’s is an alcohol-free space.
  • Anne has two indoor-outdoor cats. Cleanliness is maintained to help those with cat allergies be as comfortable as possible.
  • If you smoke, please use the side porch and the smokers’ receptacle.
  • This discussion is a private event, invitation-only, and for adults only.

Questions? Contact Anne! [email protected] or 540-808-6334

Last updated 2/2/2017