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.