The federal government may be shut down in Washington, D.C. because of a political stalemate, but the streets of the town will be shut down for a different reason this weekend. On Friday, the annual March for Life will take place in the Capitol, and the next day, the annual Women’s March will follow. The two ideologies represented in these marches couldn’t be further opposed to each other. Thousands from all across America, including students from Hillsdale, will participate in the marches this weekend. But as much as marching raises awareness for important current issues of social injustice and political policy, it doesn’t always lead to action. Marching in Washington puts the spotlight on an issue for a day or two, but making a real difference in the lives of real people starts with local action. Should you march? Of course. But don’t just walk the talk — talk the walk. Volunteer, vote, and reach out to individuals whom you can help. Live by your convictions daily wherever you are; not just in one city on one day each year.