Community members make signs in preparation for the Women’s March on Washington

Chloe McKim Jepsen, Feature News Writing Editor

People gather in Town Meeting member John Bassett’s home in Brookline to make signs in preparation for the Women’s March on Washington in Boston on Saturday, Jan. 21. CHLOE JEPSEN / SAGAMORE STAFF
Pictured are the signs made in Bassett and Wolfe’s home with slogans such as: “Obama cares, does congress?” “Respect women” and “Health care for all.” CHLOE JEPSEN / SAGAMORE STAFF


Powerful slogans in colorful lettering will be raised high Saturday, Jan. 21.

Sunday, Jan. 15, Town Meeting member and artist John Bassett and his wife Christina Wolfe opened their sunny home, adorned with Bassett’s beautiful glasswork, to the public as a place to make signs before the upcoming Women’s March on Washington after inauguration day. On a piece of paper Bassett’s guests listed reasons for marching such as: “Healthcare for all, inclusion is our heritage, respect women and truth matters.”

Pictured is the list of reasons to march written by the sign makers in Bassett’s house. CHLOE JEPSEN / SAGAMORE STAFF

As a retired carpenter and a soon-to-be participant in the Boston march, Bassett had the materials for sign making. He was happy to help and see people supporting what he believes in.

“It is wonderful to see a lot of people feeling as I do that there is a large turnout of people who are supporting democracy, supporting healthcare and institutions which I feel that are threatened by the president-elect,”Bassett said.

According to Bassett, there are going to be many causes and viewpoints brought to the Boston march.

“Like any large march, all sorts of views are going to be here. My personal feeling is that I am frightened by Trump, I dislike him and what I think he stands for,” Bassett said.

According to Wolfe, many people are working on the Women’s March on Washington in different ways.

“We are very much supporting this whole thing. I think a lot of people are working on this in one way or another,” Wolfe said.

Bassett said that after the election, he heard about the expressions of sadness among young people.

“I have another friend and his US history students were crying. I think for young people it’s even more serious than for old people like me,” Bassett said.

Talia Putnoi ’16 (left) and sophomore Joia Putnoi (right) make signs for the upcoming D.C. and Boston women’s marches. DEB PUTNOI

Students such as sophomore Joia Putnoi are participating in the march and sign making. She recently made signs with her sister and family. She is attending the Boston march and her sister is going to the march in D.C.

She believes that the march gives people the chance to unite and speak up.

“This march gives us a chance to prove that we are stronger together. There is a lot of work to be done, and it is important that we do all in our power to raise our voices. As important as it is to march, it is equally important to go to the next level with our voices and actions and see that we can make a difference,” Putnoi said.

Putnoi said that sign making is a way for her show her power and the things that she cares about.


Sophomore Joia Putnoi made signs at her aunt’s art studio in her preparation for the Boston march. FRAN PUTNOI

“In a time where we might feel powerless, making signs and marching is an opportunity to use our freedom of speech,” Putnoi said. “It’s a beautiful thing to be able to unite, to feel and show our power that we care about and are willing to fight to protect our rights and our reproductive freedom, to combat sexism and to prove that we are strong.”