I am still energized from attending the Women’s March this past weekend, alongside hundreds of other women and men. I’m not sure why there were only hundreds of people, as opposed to thousands. Maybe because we are living in the time of Covid. While attending, I was filled with feelings of empowerment, knowing that we were all marching for change. I felt the strength in the number of people around me, and that democracy was at work.
There was a feeling of solidarity between causes and an understanding that we need to work together to protect each other’s rights and freedoms, including women’s rights, civil rights, racial justice, immigrant rights, environmental justice, and so much more. Why do we march? We march to continue to create social change. We march and protest because our lives and our way of life depends on it. I marched and it gave me an avenue to release some of the anger I feel about the state of our nation, the state of our world, the state of our communities.
We have to continue to march, to raise awareness, continue the conversation, and foster change. You may not see change today, but you may see change tomorrow. Marching works because it directs attention toward injustices and can change people’s minds, and this is a powerful process. It’s our way to show up and be counted. Let’s raise our voices and be heard by our leaders, even in a pandemic.
I view marching and protesting as being just as important as voting. How do you feel and what are your experiences?
“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” — James Baldwin
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