Why I March
Posted on January 20, 2017
I march because I believe in equal rights.
I march because the new administration is openly threatening me, my LGBTQ family, people of color, people with disabilities, everyone who relies on the affordable care act, immigrants, Muslims, and the earth we live on.
I march because I agree with the Unity Principles: Ending Violence, Reproductive Rights, LGBTQIA Rights, Worker’s Rights, Civil Rights, Disability Rights, Immigrant Rights, and Environmental Justice.
I march because I want the new administration to know that I will not sit by quietly as they dismantle these rights.
I march because comparing the new administration to Hitler’s regime is not far-fetched, it is a fair academic analysis of history and today’s events.
Why now?!? Where was I these past two years? Why didn’t I march with Black Lives Matter? WTF?
Truth is, I was afraid to be arrested. I was afraid to give up my economic security. I’m a prime example of why there are racial divisions in this march. I was not willing to disrupt MY status quo.
I implore White women to check their privilege (yes, the woman in this article doesn’t even know what that means…which is telling). If you, like me, have been afraid to be uncomfortable, it’s time to rise up.
I empathize with Black women who are practicing self-care and opting out.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde
I march because we are stronger together (as Laura Mignott I talked about the day after the election).
I march because we need to work together. We need to speak up for each other. All the time. Not just when it’s convenient.
I march because I am hopeful…and afraid.
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