I had a post ready to go today about a hike we did in Peru…but it just doesn’t feel right. I may not have anything new to add to the fray, but I can’t ignore the significance of this weekend for our country (and our world).
To put it simply, I have not been impressed with how our almost-45th president has acted in the days since his election. Based on everything we have seen throughout the past year, I do not believe that he is fit to lead our country with dignity and compassion. If I am wrong—and I hope I am—I will be be thrilled to shout it from the rooftops.
But if I’m not, I want it to be known that I do not support bigotry and hatred in our highest office. I won’t be able to attend a march this weekend, unfortunately. But I want the record to show that I stand in solidarity with those who march for unity tomorrow.
With women and men who claim the name “feminist” because they believe in equal rights for men and women—because that’s what being a feminist means. Full stop.
With people of color who want to dismantle decades of systematic oppression.
With immigrants who want to build a better life for their families.
With Muslims who want the freedom to peacefully practice religion.
With the disabled who want equal access and respect.
With LGBTQIA Americans who want the freedom to be themselves.
With Native Americans who want respect for their land and their history.
And with everyone else who marches tomorrow in support of love, unity, justice, and human rights.
This weekend, I’m thankful for the peaceful transition of power—and for our right as Americans to stand up and protest what we know to be wrong. Today, tomorrow, and every day in the future, I stand in solidarity with those who are exercising that right. You do not walk alone.
If you’d like to know more about what the Women’s March on Washington is all about, here’s the official Guiding Vision and Principles.
And here’s a great, quick “cheat sheet” to what it’s all about from one of my favorite blogs, Cup of Jo.