On the plane now, heading to D.C. for the #womensmarchonwashington. I know that some people question what a march can really accomplish. But I ask those people: have you ever marched before?
My first marches were in college, protesting the Iraq war, and then the WTO. I've marched with #blacklivesmatter, #occupywallstreet, and more. The camaraderie I feel surrounded by equally passionate demonstrators is incredibly empowering and motivating!
I'm marching for my niece, who will undoubtedly feel the effects of defunding public education under the incoming administration. I'm marching to show the world that the majority of Americans do not support a neo-fascist regime. I'm marching for myself and my friends, and all women, who are staring down the barrel of having our reproductive rights stripped from us. For my immigrant, LGBTQ, black, and brown friends and neighbors who deserve every single right and privilege I have, if not more, but are systematically discriminated against. I'm marching to say to those people that I will show up for them and their rights. I am privileged to be able to travel and use my voice, and I will use that privilege to fight like hell for those who can't. That's #whyimarch.
On a related note, thank you Barack & Michelle Obama, and Joe & Dr. Jill Biden. We are better because of you. 😭💙