This Saturday, I’m literally stepping out of my comfort zone to make a political statement. Why now? What statement? Why the #WomensMarch in Washington D.C.?
I march because on the first day of this new administration, I declare, “We are standing up, we are mobilizing and we are moving forward toward unity, justice and equality for ALL Americans and all people everywhere.”
I march to unite with people of every gender, every sexual orientation, every color, every religion and every economic class because supporting the marginalized and vulnerable makes us all stronger.
I march to acknowledge my privilege as a white, middle-class woman and to use my social and economic advantages to dismantle the racial and gender inequalities in our criminal justice and educational systems.
I march for true and lasting social progress toward a unified, just and compassionate world for all human beings.
I march to expose and heal the rape culture that put a man who brags about sexually assaulting women into the most powerful office in the world.
I march because women deserve to live full, healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies.
I march to bask in the positive, healing energies of hundreds of thousands of other patriotic Americans, most especially two of my daughters who’ll march with me.
I march to express my love for and pride in this country and our democracy.
I march to prove that love and compassion always trumps fear and hate.