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.