Sunday, 29 September 2013

Ebony's First Protest March


We took Ebony on her first protest march today. Well, her first protest march outside my womb anyway. The Conservative Party *spits on floor* are holding their annual conference in Manchester this weekend, and so there was a huge protest march planned. The main Save the NHS march was organised by the TUC, but there were loads of other groups taking part in the march for various causes.

We’re big fans of the NHS, so wanted to attend the march anyway, but decided to march as part of the anti-badger cull march. I want Ebony to feel involved with and inspired by veganism, and I think an important way to do that is to take part in marches and demonstrations.

My parents were always protesting things when I was growing up, and there’s a wall of fame in their house that showcases the various local newspapers we were photographed by attending demos. I want Ebony to have the same sort of experiences, and to grow up feeling a part of society. I want her to grow up believing her values and opinions are important, and that she should be proud of her choices, and that she has the power to make a difference. I look forward to the day when she tells me off for being unethical or a hypocrite, as I start to see her political views form.

Protest marches aren’t particularly baby friendly - there’s cigarette smoke, shouting, hideous megaphones and no toilets - which is probably why we haven’t taken Ebony on a march until now. Protest marches are very toddler friendly - there’s shouting, noisy megaphones and people dressed as badgers - Ebony had a great time. There were dogs to stroke, music to dance to, and balloons to hold. She marched with gusto, in that weird forward leaning way that toddlers do when really they want to be flung in the air. She collected stickers, balloons and noise makers. She waved endlessly at a friendly human-sized badger,and loved all the people milling around.

I’m so glad we took her, I think she really enjoyed it, and it was good to be part of something I believe in. We almost made it to the end of the badger march, but had to hurry through the last bit as Ebony was about to fall asleep on Laurie’s shoulders. She was tired out after her exciting morning standing up for badgers.

I can’t wait to take her on another demonstration soon.

Here’s some information about why you shouldn’t support the cull of badgers, in case you haven’t yet seen it.



7 comments:

  1. Oh that's fabulous, what a great thing to start a habit of protest marches. Unfortunately both hubbie and I have politically sensitive jobs so have to a bit careful about this kind of thing but should that ever change I think we'd try and get Bagl along to one. Ebony looks like she's having a whale of a time!

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    1. It was so fun, I thought the crowd might scare her but she was totally fine with it. Such a fun and different day out. :) x

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  2. Aw! What a great way to begin instilling great values!

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    1. Thank you, it was so fun. She's a bit young to understand the reasons behind the march, but I'm hoping she'll agree they were important when she's older! x

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  3. Weird my post didn't take!

    Anyhoo, looks like a lovely day. And a great way to instil great values too :)

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  4. she looks like she had great fun! Well done for taking her! We took Wilf to an anti badger cull rally when he was about 8 months old, I tried to make him a badger costume the night before and it was a disaster. Also I could only find one bear style hat in the shop but given that his head was always off the percentile charts it looked like this http://www.tigerlillyquinn.com/2012/09/stop-cull.html hahaha thanks for the memory and for being an awesome parent :) x

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    1. Ah I love that photo of you and Wilf! What a beautiful grumpy face :) x

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