Last January I grabbed a bin of markers and poster boards then jumped in my friend Liz’s car. We headed to Logan Square and met her friends. We grabbed coffees and hopped on the L. Every step we made there were more of us. It was invigorating. Men and women, heading to Grant Park to march. To what and for what? I doubt that every person’s answer was the same, though I do believe the motivation was the same, we were all compelled.
I was compelled to be in the company of strangers who felt they needed to make a statement. Our signs differed, our chants, too but our motivation brought us there and nothing could snuff that out. When the march was apparently being canceled because its size was too big, people just started moving. That was the beauty of the moment. We just kept moving.
I remember President Obama saying something around that time, get off of social media and get out there, and those words for me were the impetus to act. Anyone can share a post or retweet, but not everyone marched. Millions did though. All across the world, people assembled and marched. En masse we made a statement, the most important of which I believe is complacency is in the past, action is the present, and equality is the future.
Think about the gravitational change since then. Had the election been different, would I have attended Galvanize Chicago, met the leaders from Vote Run Lead, and traveled to Minneapolis to consider running for office? I doubt it.
There are myriad of personal decisions and actions from 2017 that happened because of that outcome. It’s my duty, to deal with the outcome, and prevent it from happening again. And it’s your duty, too. Unless you believe that women are inferior, remember that each of us came from the womb of a woman, then I would like to think that God, together with the Blessed Mother and all the Saints, have a special place in the afterlife for you.
Saturday men and women will march again. And Saturday is more important than last year. I don’t have to regurgitate the headlines, we all know that a lot has happened since then. Saturday is no longer about shock and anger. It’s about reality. We have a president whose utter disrespect for his fellow human beings and his despicable actions are the equivalent of urinating on people, including his fellow citizens, and those from around the world because when it comes to being a bully he does not discriminate where and who he pees on.
This morning’s Momentum dashboard included these five quotes.
“There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is
a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
“What makes you different or weird—that’s your strength.” Meryl Streep
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb
“Always do what you are afraid to do.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s Thursday. There’s plenty of time to find a babysitter, change a carpool, or cancel a lunch date. It is scary, to stand out and up for something you believe in. What’s scarier is what happens when we sit down.
#TimesUP #MeToo #WomensMarch