Why do I march? I march because I don’t like what I see happening in our country and in the world, and I want to be part of the positive movement to change those things.
I carried a blue sparkly flag, which got lots of attention by the way, and many people asked me, “why are people carrying blue flags?”, and I answered, “It’s for the blue wave, the 2018 elections, and how the states are turning blue!” That got a big smile of recognition every time.
Just to clarify, I am a registered democrat, but like many others I am not necessarily enthralled with my party at this juncture. Like many, I feel betrayed and appalled by our party’s leadership in the last election, and I know that our governing system is in danger because it has been corrupted on many levels. I wave my blue flag on a wing and a prayer, because I know our country is fissured ten ways ‘till Sunday, but I also know that what unites us is far stronger than what divides us. I pray that we can all agree to unite under blue for the sake of unification.
What unites us? I stand with hundreds of thousands of women, last year in DC and this year in Philadelphia, to say we will have the courage to change the things we cannot accept. We will stand up at every turn. We will show up at township meetings and raise our voices. We will sign petitions, we will stand outside our congressman’s office, whether or not he gives a hoot. We will call, use resist bot to send fax messages, send postcards. Some of us will run for office and blow our opponents, who didn’t bother to listen, out of the water. We will sign their petitions to run and support them at every turn, with our enthusiasm and with our wallets. You will feel the presence of feminists, both men and women, and it will be profoundly game-changing.
We may at times grow tired and weary of fighting for the rights of women, children, undocumented citizens, African-American voters, the disabled, public lands, private lands . . . this list goes on and on. There are a lot of people to defend. But we will continue on and we will not stop.
And you know what else? All the baby-boomer feminists that protested 30 or 40 years ago for some of the same rights? They are all retired now with tons of time to dig out their floppy hats and flower-power button pins, and they are teaching us how it’s done. And they are also voting.
“What have you accomplished?” I heard after the march. Just you wait and see.