My goal is not to change the world.
But to tell the world they’re not alone.
Which just might change the world.
This is why on January 21st, 2017 I marched in the Women’s March in Washington DC. It was a day for
my humanity’s history books. An amazing, global movement to be a part of – a love story of sorts. One started by the freedom fighters that came before us. One that I am thrilled to be a part of. To tell my kids of, first hand.
We showed up. We stood strong. Head’s high, voice’s loud, heart’s on fire. Pissed, yet peaceful (so very peaceful!!). Angry, yet optimistic. Arm in arm. Side by side. Our collective voices shouting…
Respect existence or expect resistance
Black lives matter
No justice, no peace
Women’s rights are human rights
Love is love is love
This is what democracy looks like
Climate change is real
Make America kind again
Resistance is the new normal
I am not up for grabs
Yesterday love won. It’s winning today. And it will win tomorrow too, as long as we show up.
This fight for equality and love is a marathon, not a sprint. And yesterday humanity united to raise their collective voice. And today, the real work starts. The work to unify the communities, rally the resources and protect each other.
Today, tomorrow and the day after will separate the WOMEN from the boys. “Because there’s a lot of unfun, unglamorous work to do.”
I read an interesting article in The Guardian today. It included the account of The Women’s March on Versailles – the first protest march of women in modern history. (Aside: perhaps I was just dozing off, but I don’t recall reading about this in European History class.) As the article reports, “The day after the women marched on Versailles was the definitive point of no return for the French Revolution.” The Guardian goes on to explain the unique advantage these fiery women had that boosted their protest and how their work led to real change.
Bottom line. We need a “path from protest to power”.
Let’s Take Action
Today the Women’s March launched a new campaign: 10 Actions/ 100 Days. 10 actions that will continue to unite our efforts as we continue to fight for love, equality and human rights. Sign up and receive an email every 10 days with a new action.
As a rookie activist, I appreciate this guidance. It turns the fight from impossible to actionable.
The first action: Write a postcard to your Senators about what matters most to you – and how you’re going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Another avenue for action is DailyAction.org Check out their site and read about their unique strategy for highlighting urgent issues that we can have the biggest impact on. I just signed up for the daily alerts. I’ll let you know more about my experience with Daily Action after a few weeks of engagement.
I can do this! I will do this. And I hope you will to. Because, this THIS is what democracy looks like!
I am excited to continue working with my brothers and sisters – because we are each other’s keepers.
As my (incredibly wise) mother in law wrote to me yesterday:
Today’s events makes me think that maybe we/I have expected the world to see our “America” represented majorly by the man sitting in the big white house. But now, it’s most definitely up to us to keep showing the world a different view. That we are a people who will take care of each other without pause.
We are the authors of freedom! Let’s continue this fight for equality, justice and LOVE!