march2Sacramento, Women's March January 21, 2017

You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one.

It seems John was telling us the truth, that we aren’t alone, that we may indeed; have many, many others who are dreaming right along with us. I, like millions of other women, attended a march this past weekend. I went with my daughters and my grandson. I knew that there may be hundreds, maybe even a few thousand, but when I showed up to the park in Sacramento I was overwhelmed. The crowd was estimated to be 20,000. Twenty thousand women and their partners, brothers, sons, fathers all showing up to make a statement. What was the statement? “We are not going back.”

  •  not going back to low paying jobs.
  •  not going back to no health care
  •  not going back to inequality for LGBT rights
  •  not going back to enduring being groped and molested and having our “pussy’ grabbed
  •  not going back to racism
  •  not going back to hate
  •  not going back to be told to stay home
  •  not going back to being need an education

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While we may not achieved all of the dreams and goals above we have come a long way, here are just a few milestones.

It can be easy to become jaded and discouraged and disgusted. We have a sexual predator in the White House, how much lower can we go, right? The only way to go now is up. “When they go low, we go high.”

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None of the advances we have made as citizens have ever been easily accomplished, not one. Every step of the way there has been resistance by the comfortable, privileged few. Yet, we are still moving forward. A serf in 12th century Europe would never have dreamed that a document that would reshape power in England and influence a new country across the ocean, the Magna Carta, was about to written and signed and revered. There are times when it seems we take two steps back but still we are better off today than our sisters were just 200 years ago when they could not vote or own property. As I walked among kindred spirits I was encouraged and hopeful that we are not going to go willingly backward in time. When I came home and saw the news reports of the sister marches not just in our country but in many other countries around the world I felt empowered. Little, old me combining my voice with millions of other we over shadowed the inauguration of a minority elected president who did what he does best- cheated his way into an office. He and his minions have tried to put their own distorted spin on ‘alternative facts’ but we showed him that we are going to be quiet.

Of course, there are the insecure who know they are backing the wrong horse in the race.  ass

When they make their ridiculous comments, “My shirts aren’t going to iron themselves.”, the simple answer is- that comment is why we are marching. I am not going to dignify the author of that tweet with attention by providing a link.

As I have read and watched and heard of all the marches around the world I was so pleased that there was no violence and destruction. People can protest peacefully, we can come together for common cause. It was easy, it was joyful and I met so many wonderful people. Each time I step out of my bubble I am surprised by how emboldened I am. Try it- you may like it. The first phone call, the first town hall, the first city council meeting may seem intimidating to you but I think you may be surprised by how positive you feel when you start engaging in your community. Did we have an impact? I like to think we did. We learned that we aren’t a minority, but a majority. I have written this before and I share it again, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

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