Gwen has been reading about Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in school, and we've been having talks about how one person can change the course of the world if they stand up for what they believe in. This past weekend was the Women's March on DC, and its sister marches around the country. The timing seemed fortuitous.
|This isn't even the march... just the people walking in from our train!|
I wrote this one the day of the march, and I'm going to put it in here too:
"Look, can I just put this out there since I've been reading some mean spirited responses to the march? This is not about being a poor loser, not about simply disagreeing with our new President's proposed policies, and certainly not about being a "special snowflake" (the only of the insulting names I'm willing to retype). This is about exercising my rights to peaceful protest and freedom of speech.
This is about letting my daughter know that her pussy is her own and that NO ONE can touch it without her permission, no matter how rich or powerful they are. [And let me just pause here, because if you disagree with me already, you can feel free to unfriend me right here and now.]
This is about saying that we are all stronger when we come together, regardless of race, creed, religion, socioeconomic status, country of birth, gender identity, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. That I believe our country is lifted the highest when we all lift up each other, especially those of us with the most need of assistance. That yes, there will always be people who bilk the system, but that I'd rather let 100 of those people slide then let even 1 hardworking individual go hungry that just needs that little bit of extra help. And because I'd always rather help people in need instead of corporations.
Today's march is not a boo-hoo because our candidate didn't win. It is my personal pledge to stand up and speak out for the things that matter. And today over 3 million other people from around the country, and the world, took that pledge too."
The day was wonderful. 200,000+ people!! Peaceful marching, a wonderful hopeful vibe. It was an amazing experience, and getting to share it with Gwen brought me to tears more then once.
I hope that I can raise my daughter to believe in her power to change the world by exercising her voice! This was a great start.