Today is a pretty amazing day. As you’re reading this I am in a van with 5 other amazing women on our way to Washington DC. We’re 6 women who all come from different backgrounds, different ways of life, different beliefs, and different motivations. But we’re all joining together to march.
We’re marching for our sisters. We’re marching for ourselves. We’re marching for the future. But today especially I wanted to share with you guys why I’m marching.
Last month I shared with you how I’ve been dealing, or not dealing, with the election results. And one of my coping mechanisms has been to become more active. And not just with my words. I decided now was the time to step outside my comfort zone and DO more.
Volunteering. Donations. Signing petitions. All of those are great, and I will continue to show my support for causes in that way. But this weekend I am actually showing up.
I’m going to be marching tomorrow with thousands of other men and women who watched this election with that sick feeling in the pit of their stomach. Some of them voted for Clinton. Some of them voted for Johnson or Stein. Some of them chose to not vote. Who knows, maybe some of them even voted for Trump.
But together we’re standing together to make a statement.
I will not allow the rights that our parents and grandparents fought tirelessly for to be stripped away.
I won’t allow the least of us to be trodden or forgotten by a system designed to enrich a few.
I won’t let my elected officials act in a manner that is cruel, crude, and vulgar without having to hear directly from me.
I sure as heck won’t allow a country I proudly served and protected be set on a course towards less freedom. I show my love by needling. By pointing out our flaws so that we can learn and grow as a country. So that our imperfect union can continue to get better just as we have for the last 200+ years.
I know you all don’t agree with my politics. And that’s fine, I’d never ask you to. Conservative or liberal we all want our children to live in a country that’s free and proud. We all want to be safe and secure. We all want the freedom to do what’s best for our families. And that’s why I’m marching tomorrow.
I’m marching for clean air, legal abortion, fair immigration, gun laws that balance safety and gun owners’ rights.
I’m marching for gender and racial equality. Police reforms. Equal access to education, healthcare, and justice.
I’m marching for transparency, to protect Medicare & Medicaid, for fair trade.
I’m marching because I believe that all human beings deserve the dignity to express their sexuality and gender without fear of losing their jobs, homes, or lives.
I’m marching because someday I might have children. And I want to be able to look them in the eyes and tell them that I was there. I marched for them. That I refused to stay silent in the face of oppression.
I’m marching for the women who came before me and fought for the rights we’ve taken for granted. I’m marching for the women standing next to me so that they’ll never feel alone. I’m marching for the women who will come after me. Hopefully, they’ll never have to fight these same battles.
No matter where you stand on the current administration or conservative vs liberal views I am marching for you today. Because I believe in you, and I believe in us.