It’s been a few days since the Women’s March in DC, and other cities in the US as well as across the globe. As we hang our pink kitty hats let’s not forget that the work is just beginning.
There are two types of people during times of unrest that drive me nuts. One set of folks are in the category of:
I understand that you have to protest, but please do so silently in the corner so you don’t disrupt the rest of the class. (And then when you silently protest, they complain about you silently protesting. See Colin Kaepernick)
Even worse are the folks in this category:
Here we are, there’s nothing we can do about it. We’re just going to have to deal and try again in four years.
I honestly don’t know which one is worse. They both have the same underlying theme. They are complacent and afraid of going against the current. Only dead fish go with the flow.
What if the community in Standing Rock took that approach? Where do you think they would be today? They fought for weeks for what they believe in so that their children can continue to enjoy the land that they will be inheriting.
At the root of it all, this is not about politics. At least not for me. This is not about Republican vs Democrat or Independent and Green Parties. Let’s be very clear about that. This is about basic human rights. I believe in a woman’s rights to choose, that anyone can marry who they love, that differently abled people are what make this country rich and diverse. It is also fact that this country was built on immigration. I believe in the Dreamers and their opportunity for a better life. At the end of the day, our ancestors all came to this country in search for a better life. Your ancestors may have made it here generations ago, where my Mom and Dad and brothers migrated to the US from the Dominican Republic in search of that better opportunity everyone seeks, just under 40 years ago. But they all have one thing in common. They came here for a better opportunity, for a fresh start.
If a tenth of the crowds that showed up all over the country continued their dedication by becoming involved in their local communities, towns, cities, counties, states….it will cause a ripple effect that can truly keep this country on the path of inclusion that it has been on for the last 8 years. I’m not saying that we didn’t have reasons to march or protest before, but that we have a lot of work to do in order for country not to take 60 year’s worth of steps back. At minimum.
Let’s continue the fight by holding our local representatives accountable. Your Senators, Assemblyman and Assemblywomen, District Representatives, etc, work for you. Keep them busy fighting the good fight alongside us. I am privileged to live in a city and state that still recognizes all as human beings, that have laws in place currently that protect us all. But this is just a small fraction of the rest of the United States and there’s still work to be done.
We are not leaving our children with this legacy. We need to fight for their rights. And if you are not comfortable calling yourself an activist, you can still do your part by donating to organizations that are out there doing the work for you. You can use your talents in different ways to serve the community. Whether it’s grant writing or event planning, your talents are needed to continue fighting the good fight.
At minimum, we need to continue to be informed of what is going on around us. Speak up for a fellow human that is being wronged, especially if you are in a position of privilege to do so.
We are a country of progression. Let’s roll up our sleeves and do the work.