Standing Tall at This Year’s Women’s March for My Earth and Angel…
In the course of my new small business/family vacation in Hawaii, the selection to unplug from an really fast paced day and travel 90 minutes into Honolulu for this year’s Women’s March was a no-brainer. Honoring the combating spirit of my angel daughter, Jenna, on what would have been her forty-3rd birthday would have elicited a resounding “Thank you, Dad” from her. But it was the seem in my earth daughter, Stefie’s, eyes that confident me to place everything aside and wander alongside her and her husband and stand our floor as a family members on January 20, 2018.
Past yr, my fiancé, Lisette, traveled to Washington, DC with her sister, for the Women’s March. I stayed property to march with my daughter, son-in-law and 50,000 San Diegans. In my 30 several years in San Diego, and as somebody who had marched on Washington as a college college student in the ’60s, I’d nevertheless never ever experienced everything like it. Never ever had I been a element of a large community protest in which so quite a few varied groups had arrive collectively to protest threats to the tough-fought equivalent rights, social justice, and flexibility we had championed for 50-moreover a long time. The values we instilled in our children—many of whom we ended up marching with hand in hand—were at risk. And that was not satisfactory.
This previous Saturday, a yr afterwards to the working day, lots of of our worst nightmares had develop into a reality. Revelations by a brave free press, special prosecutors, federal government officials, and reps brave adequate to speak real truth to electricity experienced pulled again the handles on what may sooner or later flip out to be some of the most corrupt, inept, and dangerous politics in American history. We realized that complacency and indifference (that is, sitting at dwelling and screaming at the Tv when seeing CNN, MSNBC, or Fox) was no extended an option. Even though Lisette and I and our (grownup) children were being on getaway in Hawaii, countless numbers of miles from house, we all felt compelled to get to the streets and use our collective voices. I was happy to be marching with my relatives, and grateful to the organizers for supplying us a position to stand tall and converse out about what we think in.
Driving into the coronary heart of Honolulu, parking our rental car or truck, and walking to the Capitol Creating, we had been fulfilled by a uniquely various team of close to 5,000 marchers. The males, females, and youngsters of the initial state to undertake human rights into its structure, and the birthplace of our very last President, welcomed us. Each and every speaker, from a point out senator to a transgender comedian, taught us a little something essential about the politics of social justice, equal rights, and the environment from an indigenous Hawaiian perspective. Getting on the Islands not only shed new light-weight on women’s challenges, but we discovered about local problems relating to poverty, schooling, housing and the arts. We also listened to tales about how fake reviews on incoming missiles last Saturday experienced terrorized the similar island on which 1000’s experienced died in Pearl Harbor.
Most critical, we had been reminded by every speaker that it was not plenty of just to march. Getting to be advocates in our communities, defending human and equal rights, voting and finding many others registered to vote, managing for business, voicing our opinions, constructing bridges of being familiar with, defending the setting, helping teach the typical general public on immigration, and turning compassion into motion and battling for what we feel in are all necessary if we are to shed gentle on truly American values and achieve considerably-necessary and welcome change.
The push home was reasonably tranquil. Drained and absorbing the impact of the working day, just about every in our very own way, there was an occasional remark about one of the speakers, an individual we had met, the “It’s Mueller Time” T-shirts and “Love Not Hate” indicators. We shared the hope that, like us, millions of patriotic Us residents experienced decided on to consider to the streets throughout the mainland in metropolitan areas this sort of as LA, Chicago, Oklahoma Metropolis, New York, Washington, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, and San Francisco—not to point out towns outside of the U.S., these as London. There is so much still to do, we all agreed. The alternative to stand tall for The united states experienced brought us nearer as a family and affirmed our perception of accountability about what it usually means to symbolize “we the persons.”
The diploma of determination and “call to action” will be different for just about every a person of us in the days to arrive. And we will not all agree on every thing. We can, nonetheless, humble ourselves, hear to one particular a further, and locate widespread floor in the gratitude we have for the quite a few freedoms we get pleasure from as People in america.
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