Eight days from now, January 21st, 2017, one of the largest demonstrations in my history will take place on Washington DC, with sister marches across the US and in more than 30 other countries around the globe.
I have been asked over and over why I am choosing to march. My answer is typically one of the basic statements behind the march: I am marching in solidarity, women's rights are human rights, etc. But the real answer is none of those. I am not choosing to march. I HAVE to march. In these recent times, there is no other option than to speak for our rights. There is no possibility of changing the outcome of November past and more importantly, I am not protesting your Republican; it is so much more than that.
This march is not a protest.
Repeat, THIS MARCH IS NOT A PROTEST. It is a demonstration, a plea to the rest of the country and the new administration, to hear our values, as "we recognize that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us...This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up...We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equality for all" (WMW Mission). So there you have it; for all of whom have asked me 'why can't we all just get along?' or 'don't you have enough rights?!'. My answer is: that is all I'm asking for. And there is no other way for that to happen, unless we stand up and say exactly that:
I am marching for human rights.
I am marching for women's rights.
I am marching for Planned Parenthood.
I am marching for my best friend's right to marry whomever she pleases.
I am marching because of racial advantages I do not deserve.
I am marching for my parents' security.
I am marching for diability rights.
I am marching for my foreign friends and their families to be protected and CARED for by our nation founded on the celebration of diversity in cultures.
I am marching for my children.
I am marching for our nation's education.
I am marching for better access to healthcare.
I am marching for those who do not feel as though they are accepted or protected enough as an American to march themselves.
I am marching for equality.
I am marching for you.
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