Words can hardly describe the feelings of hope and happiness that washed over me on January 21. If you attended a Women's March or Rally, or even just supportively viewed them in the news, you know what I'm talking about. Peaceful marches held across the country and around the world, on every continent! I was so proud to be part of this 'unprecedented' historical moment along with so many others. The crowds demonstrated love for our country and each other, and that they are not afraid to stand up and defend human and civil rights, the environment, education, and all that is under threat. We will not let the new administration take us backwards, or gag the free press and free speech.
I attended the Providence rally with friends. There were great speakers and entertainment, and the signs that so many attendees had made were a treat to read, lots of creativity. I helped at the Moms Demand Action table, where many signed up to become involved. I brought several pink pussyhats to give away (thanks, Sherill and Ruthann, for adding to the pile!) and they were snapped up in no time.
Trump supporters have accused people like me of being whiners, sore losers, crybabies, snowflakes- (a derogatory term apparently originating with white supremacists, a.k.a. the 'alt right', referring to liberals). Well, we whiners, sore losers, crybabies, and snowflakes managed to pull ourselves together by the millions in unity and demonstrate action. Though I'm afraid that won't change many Trumpers' minds as they choose to cling to the lies being fed to them.
The important thing now is for all who attended a March, and those who were with us in spirit but unable to attend, to RISE UP and become an activist for the issue or issues that are most dear to them. The time to begin working on electing progressive candidates in 2018 and especially the 2020 presidential election is NOW.