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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Flying into a new era

It has been a busy week and even busier weekend. We have a new president. Many, many, many women joined together to march for women's rights all over the world Saturday. It was estimated that at least 470,000 people were at the women’s march in Washington in the areas on and near the mall at about 2 p.m. Saturday. My Facebook feed was full of pictures from numerous countries like Malawi, New Zealand, Australia, Myanmar, Lebanon, France, England, Germany, and Serbia. Amazing.

The attendance for this march was compared to the attendance of the inauguration. But honestly who cares? The march stood on its own merit. Never before have we witnessed such magnitude of protest immediately after a new president. I hope the new administration is taking note and not simply dismissing this.

While this was mostly broadcasted as an anti-Trump rally. I hope that it was more of a banning together of women to support each other. I hope that it was not just a march of convenience. I hope it was truly a march for everyone and that going forward people will continue to march with and for others. Someone held up a sign wondering if the white women were going to show up at the next Black Lives Matter march. And that is what I want to see. I want to see (and sometimes you just don't know) people who are not the people the march is for coming out to march. I also want to see more of those who the march is for coming out to march.

There is no time to sit back and rely on others to hand you your civil rights. We all must band together for the good of all of us. We can no longer afford to be silent. And many of us never had that luxury to begin with. Being complacent is exactly why we are where we are right now.

This is new era. There will be some good to come from this, there are always untended blessings even in the worst of times. We must pay attention. We must be diligent in taking care of the rights of others. I do not have to agree with you or your choices. I will support your right to choose how to live your life and I expect you to do the same for me.