Sunday, January 22, 2017

Women's March, or the day humanity stood together. Theme: "Why I marched."

"In our America all people are equal, love wins, Black lives matter, immigrants and refugees are welcome, disabilities are respected, women are in charge of their bodies, people & planet are valued over profit, diversity is celebrated."
Photo from Nguyet Vuong and Doug Wilson

"After a lot of waffling, I decided to march today.  I have no sign, no pussy hat, no affinity group.  I have spent a good chunk of my life avoiding conflict, ducking my head to avoid stares, changing my routes to avoid bullies, and often being the only one who looks like me in a crowd. I like to be invisible and safe.  A march with a couple hundred thousand people - not exactly my scene.  So why am I marching?  Not to protest. Not against the President.  I march for all those whose abilities have been judged based on the way they look, I march for those living with disabilities, visible and invisible, I march for my friends who are rearing daughters and sons to be kind and strong and empathetic and voices of change in this changing world. I will march, visible and my head held high.  I mean, if I even get there...I really suck at reading maps." Denise Henderson

"We cannot succeed when half of us are held back!"
Photo by Nadine Beck
"I'm nervous in crowds, but this one inspired me. The energy was so positive - everyone was smiling. There was such unity. It was so amazing to see how many showed up and how we all worked together. No frayed tempers, no impatience. We listened to each other, we helped each other out (ie. "Can we get through up there?" "Nope, too many people, its at a standstill." vs. how we typically ignore each other when we pass by). I only wish the stage had been in a location where more could gather and hear what the speakers were saying." Kristin Laing


"My body, My choice, My country, My voice."
Photo from Nguyet Vuong
"I marched for love, equality, justice for all, in our nation's capitol. This is what democracy looks like. This is what America looks like." Nguyet Vuong

Photo by Stephani
"I marched to ensure that when the Presidents says that he's giving the government back to the people and people's voices will be heard that the voices he hears are the ones chanting 'this is what democracy looks like!' and that the voices he hears are those of all people." Stephani

"I shouldn't have to march before I can walk"
(Photo by Meghan Kennedy)
"I marched for equality - not just for women, but for every group that has ever felt disenfranchised." Katherine V.
Photo by J.K.
"I marched for equality and human rights and for defending ideals that I believe are integral to the future of America. I marched for the rockin' women in my life and I marched for me, as good done unto them is good done unto all of us. I marched against what I see as a significant threat to those ideals: ignorance, cronyism, irrational denial, and binary thinking. In a rare moment of disgust, we took this picture outside Trump Hotel on Penn and 12th. I resent the conflict this building represents." J.K. 
Photo by M.K.
"Why I walk? For improved health.care, for people with disabilities and chronic disorders who need healthcare."
Photo by Meghan Kennedy
We the people are greater than fear"
Photo by Nadine Beck
"American Jews welcome Muslim refugees"
Nadine Beck
"You will respect me in skirt or pants"
Photo by Nadine Beck
"I'm with her"
Photo by Robin Waldman
"Respect existence or expect resistance"
"Love trumps hate"
Photo by Nguyet Vuong
"History has its eyes on us"
Photo by Robin Waldman
"They're trying to bury us. Little do they know that we are seeds."
Photo by Robin Waldman

"Justice, Justice shall you pursue"
Photo by Robin Waldman

"I spoke with the parents of this young girl. They almost made another poster...
"I'm 2 and already have pre-existing conditions."
Photo by Meghan Kennedy

"Feminist"
Photo by Nadine Beck
"The ONLY thing that should be separated by color is laundry"
Photo by Nadine Beck

I am trying to put into words what yesterday was for me. The joy, camaraderie, unity, and joint sense of purpose was unlike that of anything I have ever felt. I am overflowing with inspiration today and cannot wait to continue the fight for women’s equality. I’d like to make something clear: I did not attend the march yesterday to protest our new president. I respect & accept the democratic process and understand that Donald Trump is our president. I truly hope he does good for our country and that at the end of these four years, we have moved our country forward. However, I will not accept regression. Women and men have fought throughout history for their rights and to be stripped of them would be devastating. Being surrounded by likeminded people restored my faith in humanity. I felt the support from across the globe where women marched in solidarity to show American women that we are not alone and we are a powerful force to be reckoned with. A few days ago I was interviewed about why I was marching. Yesterday I marched to show our new administration that the power of women and their allies should not be underestimated. We will be watching, and if he takes a step in the wrong direction, or implements the discriminatory policies he promised throughout his campaign, he will be met with insurmountable resistance. I marched because we cannot succeed when half of us are held back. In order to take our country forward, we need policies that support and empower women. We will never reach our greatest potential as a family, community, nation, or world until we achieve this. #womensmarchonwashington #womensmarch #womensmarch2017 #feminist #feminism #genderequality
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*Flint, is a city of 98,310, where 41.6% of residents live below the poverty line and the median household income for those below the poverty line is $24,679. The median household income for the rest of Michigan is $49,087. The city is 56.6% African-American. _ *Historically, the water in the Flint River downstream of Flint has been of poor quality, and was severely degraded during the 1970s, due to "the presence of fecal coliform bacteria, low dissolved oxygen, plant nutrients, oils, and toxic substances." In 2001, the state ordered the monitoring and cleanup of 134 polluted sites within the Flint River watershed. _ *According to a class-action lawsuit, the state Department of Environmental Quality was not treating the Flint River water with an anti-corrosive agent, in violation of federal law. The river water was found to be 19 times more corrosive than water from Detroit, which was from Lake Huron, according to a study by Virginia Tech. _ *Since the water wasn't properly treated, lead from aging service lines to homes began leaching into the Flint water supply after the city tapped into the Flint River as its main water source. _ *Health effects of lead exposure in children include impaired cognition, behavioral disorders, hearing problems and delayed puberty. In pregnant women, lead is associated with reduced fetal growth. Some pregnant women who have been exposed to the contaminated water have miscarried. In everyone, lead consumption can affect the heart, kidneys and nerves. Although there are medications that may reduce the amount of lead in the blood, treatments for the adverse health effects of lead have yet to be developed. _ We March because Reproductive Justice and Women's Rights is more than just abortion. The ability to raise your children in safe places free from violence and environmental racism is also apart of the fight. . . . . . . . . . . #WomensMarchOnWashington #WomensMarch #January21 #WMW #WhyIMarch #HearOurVoiceFeminism #TheFutureIsFemale #RadWomen #Activism #Organize #StrongerTogether #WhyIMarch #HearYourVoice #January21 #StayHuman
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