Happy holiday weekend, y’all! I wonder how many of you wanted to attend the January 21, 2017 Women’s March on Washington like I did. The logistics quickly made me realize that wouldn’t happen, but I stumbled on an alternative that needs to be shared far and wide. I thought, “I could do that!”
It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, or what your sexual orientation is. You can participate in this “march” online. It’s for those of us who have chronic illnesses or disabilities who can’t physically march or can’t afford to go to Washington, DC. It’s truly inclusive.
Mission of the march: “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families—recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country…The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us—women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear. In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
Since the election, emotions have been high. People have been saying and doing things that normally they wouldn’t feel free to say and do. Our health care and well-being (housing, transportation, food assistance, and education) are at risk. Most of us feel vulnerable and like our lives are about to change–not in a good way.
If you want to join in the march, here is more information. https://disabilitymarch.com/2016/11/15/first-blog-post/