As I’m sure you are probably aware, I was less than pleased by the outcome of the presidential election, in which a horribly bigoted, egotistical, idiotic and dangerous man was elected to the highest rank of office in the United States. As news continued to pour in about Donald Trump’s plans to cut funding to several necessary programs designed to help combat some of our country’s most pervasive problems pertaining to civil rights.
The more I read the more angry and depressed I got. I couldn’t just sit by and do nothing.
I’ve been signing petitions and posting information on my social media sites about the proposed cuts and petitions against nominated officials. But, after I watched the White House website slowly disintegrate on Inauguration Day, with all of the pages pertaining to civil rights, LGBT issues, women’s issues and more, I decided I had to do something more. So I decided to march.
This was my first time marching for anything and I will definitely do it again. On the Facebook page for the Women’s March on Denver, approximately 32,000 planned to attend — I’m sure there were more than that filling Civic Center Park and the streets as we marched and chanted through the heart of Denver. I think this is one of, if not the, most important thing I’ve ever done. I feel a kinship with all the women who have protested and marched throughout history — it’s as if they are there marching with us, sad that we still have to fight for our equality, but proud that we all turned out together in the millions. The event filled me with so much pride. I heard nothing negative and the police presence was so small and united with us — I didn’t feel any tension at all, just excitement to be there and to march. It was so uplifting and definitely made me feel proud about the wonderful people of my state. I just hope that the marches around the world, which matched and rivaled our own, will make some type of difference. I’m optimistic that they will.
What did you think of the Women’s Marches around the country? How can protests of this size effect change? What can we do to continue the fight? What do you march for? Let’s talk.