Protest. It is how change begins. It is a sign of hope and a call to action. It is woven deliberately into the fabric of human history, not by a single person, but by a crowd of passionate change makers. Protest, is only ever the beginning.
On Saturday, January 21st, millions of people around the world marched in all 50 US states and 32 other countries to protest against the policies and the beliefs that the Trump Administration represents. The Women’s March on Washington and the sister marches were worldwide efforts to show solidarity for each other and to fight for the beliefs that we hold. We are a diverse movement. We represent the people. People who care about the wellbeing of themselves, their families, and their communities. People who care about the environment, and who care about the way we treat each other, and the way we are perceived by the world. We represent people who care.
Protest, however, is not enough. Community is required. Organization is required. Action is required. If we desire change we must continue to fight together for each others’ needs. We must all join the fight, the debate, the movement. We cannot leave people of color to fight for themselves. We cannot leave the Native Americans, the LGBTQ, the disabled, the poor, the women, the environmental groups, or any other minority group to fight for themselves. We need everyone. Yes, this may include working with people who are in direct contrast to your own beliefs, but if meaningful change is to transpire we must, we must band together.
To those who voted for Trump, as unlikely as it now may seem, we extend an open hand in the event that what Trump has said contradicts what he will do in the future. Join us and we will fight for your rights, for your wellbeing, and for your family. We ask only for your kindness, your honesty, and your participation. Your voice will be heard.
The Women’s March sparked an international fire. This fire, fueled by our need for peace and justice, will continue to burn until we can all live in a peaceful, open, fair-minded, and supportive society.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
Change Starts With You