Back in Boston after an unforgettable weekend, showered and sore and beginning to unpack everything that's happened. Spent the day traveling back from D.C., catching up on social media and news from yesterday. It's incredibly overwhelming and wonderful to see that over 3 million people in the U.S. participated in marches yesterday, there were 600 marches worldwide, and that there were demonstrations of dissent on every. single. continent.
I'm so grateful to have been able to participate in the Women's March on D.C. with at least 500,000 other people, and proud of those participating for making it an intersectional event. There were signs & chants for pro-choice, Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, sex workers, immigration, LGBTQIA rights, religious freedom, etc.. peppered with humor and clever riffs on our current Cheeto In Chief (one of my favorite chants: "His hands, too small: he cannot build a wall"). As I'm sitting here going over photos, I'm full of hope. Friday was a dark day, but yesterday was a global rallying cry of resistance. My question now is: what's next? What are you going to do to keep the momentum going, to fight for basic human rights, to make this nation a place in which all of its people can coexist without fear of persecution?
Those of us that have any position of privilege: either start or continue to keep listening to those who are more marginalized than ourselves. They need us to amplify their voices, too many of us have been silent for too long. Speak up if someone is saying something racist, sexist, ableist, classist, anti-LGBTQIA, etc. Silence is complacency. If you see someone being persecuted, profiled, harassed, etc. take action. If you feel like you'd be endangering yourself, call the police, alert another party to the situation, yell for help. Take part in your local government. Hell, run for office in your town/neighborhood. Participate in your local communities: support POC, LGBTQIA, women, immigrant owned businesses. If you're not already, take part in the @womensmarch 10 Actions for the First 100 Days.
Listen to each other. Support each other. Take care of one another. Give 'em hell.