My Little Activist: Marching With Children and Teens

March Guru loves the hurly burly of collective action. It’s so much fun to be part of one big voice and one big movement. But if one is marching with children, it can get a little hairy. Not all children dig a March, after all. The noise and the passion can be intense. On the other hand, it can be pretty exciting and transformative.

Here are some tips for marching with kids that we uncovered for you. If you choose to bring children, that’s great. And if you don’t, that’s okay too.



The Fine Art of the Protest Sign (Volume 1)

March Guru loves a good protest sign. The best are hand done. Duct-taped to a wooden yardstick. And in relatively good taste. Powerful statements of passion and purpose. (More on that later.)

But we all  know that it is the smart and the funny that get noticed and that we, as marchers and activists, enjoy seeing. They give spirit and energy to the hard work of unifying. They give us a much-needed chuckle.

Here are 21 ideas to help spark your imaginations. We know you’ll come up with even better! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

  1. I’d Rather Be Screaming Into the Void
  3. I Want Substantive Change But Will Settle for You Not Killing Us
  4. Rude of You to Have Made Me Come Out Here on the Weekend
  5. Tiffany, Blink Twice If You Need Help
  6.  I Could Be Sleeping But You’ve Forced Me to Protest
  7. I’m Too Worried to Be Funny
  8. We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Sign
  9. May the Fierce Be With You
  10. Love Not Hate Will Make America Great
  11. Delete your account.
  12. Fight like a girl for your rights!
  13. Sexism has no place in the White House
  14. “I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I’m changing the things I cannot accept.” Angela Davis.
  15. We The People ARE The Government
  16. Dignity, Respect, And Justice For All
  17. Normalize Equality
  18. “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.”
  19.  Silence Is Not An Option
  20. Love = Power
  21. Make America Think Again

And in the NSFW category, these will make you laugh.

PHOTO: Sarah Mirk
and Portland Mercury reporter Alex Zielinski