Women's March. Oakland. 2017
Right now, in this moment, things feel a little better. A little lighter. As if the skies parted for a minute and shone some light down upon all the doom and gloom that has felt so saturating lately. Millions and millions of people came out world wide as a unified voice against what is happening in this country. Against bigotry, racism, misogyny, hate, fear, division, greed. . . The highjacking of Democracy. It felt like a tangible ball of evil that we were unified against. A name, a face, something to resist. Instead of this sprawling web of upset that you can't quite get a grip on. The never ending game of whack-a-mole.
Today I walked amongst an estimated group of 80,000 of my neighbors. I think we all felt some relief in our unity. Dancing to marching drums. Shouting together against the darkness. I saw way more smiling faces than I expected. Laughter, connectedness, purpose. Today I saw an army mobilized. Today, I felt a bit like the tip of a spear.
Make no mistake. The next four (4?) years will be trying. There will be untold attempts to erode our rights, our civil liberties, our freedoms, our environment, our health and happiness. Today is just the beginning. There is much work ahead of us. Remain engaged. Remain informed. Act when you can. Call your local representatives in Washington. They will listen, if only to count the number of their constituents that are upset. If only to try to guarantee their own reelection. You can call (202) 225-3121 and ask to be connected to your representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can tell them your zip code and they'll tell you. Call about specific legislation that they will be voting on. And vote! Vote in two years. Register now. It's easy. You don't even have to leave your house. in 2018, 33 seats in the Senate and all the seats in Congress will be up for re-election. This is where we can start to turn the tide.
Stay strong, keep fighting. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up!