After hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington, many questioned whether it was a moment or a movement.
One of my moments came in the middle of a crowd of strangers as I stood next to the Hubert H. Humphrey Building. As dozens of young adults were pounding out a beat on five gallon pails and elders joined in to chant against injustice –my emotions got the best of me. I stood very still in the middle of this empowering crowd and let go of my tears. At that moment I knew in my heart the resistance had begun and I would be a part of it.
Our moments will sustain the movement that brought together millions of women, men and children around the world on January 21, 2017.
What is happening in Washington DC is no longer simply a matter of politics. When the top US Senator shutdowns another senator for reading the words of an honored civil rights leader we must condemn his action.
When nominees are unqualified for the top jobs in our country we must question them and pressure our representatives to put aside politics in favor of our country.
I live in Minnesota a great state with deep roots in the Democratic Party (Democratic, Farmer and Labor) tended by such great Americans as Mondale, Humphrey and Wellstone. I count among them, Klobuchar, Franken and Nolan now serving Minnesotans.
Growing up I was taught to respect others, love my neighbors and work for the common good.
The events unfolding in Washington under our new administration is cause for alarm. The current leadership seems determined to claw this nation back to a time when labor had little power over corporations. A time when women were muzzled and held few rights— and a man’s character was measured by his skin color –and the right to love the one you love was locked away in a dark closet.
It is time we stand up for America. It is time that we huddle to develop a game plan. Our country’s future and our way of life needs to be defended.
Here is an invitation from the Women’s March Organization;
During the first ten days of Feb, we gather together in our neighborhoods all over the world to define our next steps, and envision how to transform the energy we saw at the Women’s Marches into local and national action. Find a huddle near you and bring your ideas!