The boys and I spent our MLK day off designing and creating our posters for the Women’s Rally here in town tomorrow. After hours of work, our signs are finally completed!!! We’re excited to join other people in supporting the vast interests contained in the Women’s March on Washington. It’s amazing to see the wide range of groups band together to demonstrate solidarity with each other’s causes.
My decision to join the Women’s Rally wasn’t a light decision. I realized after my eight-year-old sons were upset with the outcome of the election—where a candidate was chosen who they say, “is so mean to women and name calls people when he doesn’t agree with them”—that I had to teach them peaceful ways to express their disapproval.
You may be reading this thinking I’m not supporting the government, or I’m being unreasonable, or possibly the worst insult to you—I’m acting un-American, but the First Amendment shows otherwise: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The Bill of Rights gives us this important freedom, and I’m using my right to protest as an act of love for my country, an act of love for my friends and family, and an act of love for those targeted by hate.
If you’re in town on Saturday, come join us. If you’re not, there are bound to be other rallies and marches in your neck of the woods.
What causes will you support tomorrow and into the future?