Why I March

I soon leave to embark on the trip from Asheville to Washington, DC.  I’ve never done anything quite like it before, and I am leaving my expectations at the door.  I am setting some intentions and explanations for WHY I MARCH.  I am not necessarily protesting a new president.  And, I support a peaceful transition of power.  HOWEVER, I stand up and speak out against injustice.  This man who will be our president is exactly that:  OUR president.  That means that ALL of our voices must be heard, not just those that voted for him nor those that contribute a lot of money.

In my heart, I firmly believe:

  • WOMEN should be respected.  I MARCH for all women who have been degraded, manipulated, taken advantage of, or violated because a man was physically stronger but mentally weaker than she.
  • HUMAN BEINGS – regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, skin color, or religious affiliation — should be considered equal.  I MARCH for equal rights.
  • CLEAN AIR and CLEAN WATER are an inalienable human right.  I MARCH to defend the regulations that have been put in place to protect them, in this country and around the world.
  • Our planet provides us with EVERYTHING.  We take more than we need and share less than we should.  I MARCH for sustainable use of our resources… for my children and the children that they dream of having.

We create the future, right now, in the present moment.  Today I walk through the mountains of Asheville with the same purpose as I will on the streets of Washington DC.  It is neither fear nor hope that I take with me.  It is presence.  I MARCH to be present in this moment of great upheaval, to raise my voice, and be an active element of change.

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