Stand in Solidarity

I want to talk about the Women’s March on Washington.  And London.  And Dublin.  And Berlin.  And Houston.  And anywhere our activists can get to, all over the country… all over the world.  There are a lot of people who are enraged by this movement.  Who see hypocrisy in it.  I’ve spent a lot of time this morning looking through social media to see actions and reactions to the protest, and the kindest words against the protestors I’ve seen are gentle reminders of Bill Clinton’s infidelity.

Many people don’t think that the March is worth talking about. That it’s a phase, a silly “woman’s fancy”.  I want to tell you why that is bullshit. I want to show you a slice of this world.

If you are rich.  If you are white.  If you are male.  If you are Christian.  This many not be as scary a time for you as others.  I am a poor, white, female, Pagan.  I hit one of these markers, and so, I have 25% less right to be terrified of the future than others.  But I am terrified.

See, it’s not just about women’s rights.  It not just about the right to choose, the right for equal pay, the right for fair treatment.  It’s not to say that Trump hates all women – as one of my pro-Trump coworkers pointed out, Trump does employ many women and it seems these ones do not speak out against him – but it is to say that if you are in any way a minority, you are considered now as “less”.

This is not just about women, although it’s being called a “women’s march”.

This is about all races, all genders, all sexual orientations, all religions, all social classes, and all the world.  There is a reason why women (and men) all over the world are stepping up to show their solidarity, and it’s not something as small (but important) as women’s right to choose.

It’s about freedom, independence, and equality.

It’s about justice.

It’s about kindness.

It’s about us.

Look at the world and see for yourself.

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Thailand.  Image from Twitter user @WM_Global
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Belgrade, Serbia.  Image from Twitter user @Aahronhein
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Albert Square, Manchester, England.  Image from Twitter user @ManchesterIWD
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Barcelona, Spain.  Image from Twitter user @Milesdebosques
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Berlin, Germany.  Image from Twitter user @fredabrahams
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Paris, France. Image from Twitter user @PhoebeLondon
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Dublin, Ireland.  Image from Twitter user @EamonRyan
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Tokyo, Japan. Image from Twitter user @gekkohotal
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Sydney, Australia.  Image from Twitter user @Beverley_Callow
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London, England.  Image from Twitter user @womensmarchlon
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Rome, Italy.  Image from Twitter user @ZoeCormack
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Frankfurt, Germany.  Image from Twitter user @GGevirtz
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Nairobi, Kenya.  Image from Twitter user @HuruKits
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  Image from Twitter user @The_Real_Lanie
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Geneva, Switzerland.  Image from Twitter user @LisaMarieRudi

 


We are important.

We stand together.

This is only the beginning.

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