On Saturday, Jan. 21, a group of friends and I joined with about 500,000 people to march on Washington, D.C. Together, we marched to support freedom of speech, religion, and press; to welcome the stranger and foreigner; and to stand up for equal rights and treatment for people of color, Muslims, women, immigrants, the disabled, and other oppressed groups.
What I will remember most will not be the speakers, as wonderful as they were, nor the signs, as hilarious and powerful as they were, nor my feet, as tired and sore as they were after 13 hours of work.
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It’s going to take some time for me to fully process the incredible grace and power I experienced at the Women’s March on Saturday.
But today, I will say this:
I have never left a gathering more empowered than I did during this one.
The solidarity, kindness, and attentiveness expressed by the participants in this march was in and of itself a testament to the power of the love and compassion we so desperately need.
And naysayers are going to have hard time dismissing, downplaying, and otherwise explaining away the importance of these gatherings anytime soon.
Be empowered, beloveds. This is just the beginning. Keep on marching, challenging, and loving on!
The march is over, but the movement continues! To find out the next steps to take, please go to https://www.womensmarch.com/.