Walking Our Power

 

Jon and I are participating in the Women’s March On Washington this Saturday.  But we’re not going to Washington.   There are marches going on in cities and towns all over the country.  We’re joining a Sister March in our neighboring town of Glens Falls.

And I am excited about it.

I actually love the idea of the small marches going on around the country in conjunction with the March on Washington.  For me it reinforces the idea of the power of the individual and that our everyday actions, no matter how small they may seem, do make a difference.

It’s also a way to join with like-minded people and make a stand for what we believe in.  I have no doubt there will be many messages being put forth on Saturday, and some of them will be mine and some of them won’t.

For me it’s about  coming together to protest the divisive, hurtful and angry tenor that Donald Trump has brought to the Presidency.  By marching on Saturday I am saying that these are not my values.

I’ll also be there as a woman protecting my bodily rights (the Glens Falls march starts at Planned Parenthood, an institution I’m personally grateful for)  and sense of self in the sexist climate that has surfaced with Trump’s presidency.

I don’t imagine there will be too many people walking the mile or so through Glens Falls.  But it doesn’t matter how many people we walk with, because I know, we’re really walking with everyone else all over the country who are doing the same.

That feels very powerful to me and I want to be a part of it.

7 thoughts on “Walking Our Power

  1. I respectfully disagree. I have to say that I am weary of politics, division and “causes”….. So I will not be participating in any anti-Trump bashing, but I will be prayerful and hopeful for the future of America.

    1. VB, I edited most of your comment out, not because you disagree with the march, but because I don’t want my blog to be a platform for peoples detailed political views and opinions. I don’t see the March as divisive, but as a way of expressing my feelings and in an appropriate place. And I like you are hopeful for America. This is what it’s all about.

  2. We are hoping to march here at our state capital (it’s about an hour away, so unfortunately it’s weather/road conditions dependent) (if we don’t go I’ll wear my hat and stomp around in the woods muttering)… it’s not something I usually would do since I don’t like crowds and I’ve heard estimates ranging from 1500-3000 people… but I love the idea of small marches, local people, standing together to make a statement.

  3. Hi Maria,
    I will think of you while my son and his wife are in Washington DC (we live about 70 miles away)for the Women’s March. I would be there except for babysitting their 3-year-old daughter. Walk tall and proud!
    Cathy McDonald

  4. Bravo, Maria & Jon. My daughter, Katharine & I attended last years March on Washington in Glens Falls. Even tho’ we arrived late, we saw the posters, and hats and felt the Solidarity. We will try to be on time this year. What time does it start?

    Thank you for sharing this post, even if the snow or the flu keeps us away from Glens Falls, Katharine & I will be with you & Jon in spirit and solidarity for similar values: Pro- Respect for Women and children and victims of physical and emotional abuse.

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