On Saturday, January 21st 2017, I marched on Denver with my brother and two friends. We joined almost 200,000 people, marching through the streets of Denver.
This was probably the most positive, respectful march I’ve ever been to. I saw a woman with a backpack that said First Aid on it. Everyone cheered any time a helicopter flew above us. I drove past the park after the march was over and it was spotless, aside from a few barricades left over. People were asking each other to pose for photos, all along the way. Everyone was kind, respectful, and caring. It felt incredible to be a part of such a big movement and moment in our history.
The most emotional, inspirational, moving part of the day was that hundreds of thousands of people in other counties, across the world, marched with us and for us. People who will never be directly effected by most of our laws and policies, protested the ones that could hurt people they will never meet, on the other side of the world. Click here to see a great compilation of photos from marches around the world.
This is absolutely my favorite photo of the day. It was so incredible to see young kids participate in the march. It was especially inspiring to see kids with their own signs and outfits, laughing and smiling and chanting. This supergirl wasn’t just along for the ride. She clearly knows the power of girls!
I just love the sentiment of this sign. We are the storm!
The most important thing to take away from this event is that this is the start of a marathon. From here, we move forward, we work harder, we keep fighting.
- We have to give what we can (time, money, skills, resources) to organizations like the ACLU, CAIR, and Planned Parenthood as well as to candidates running in local elections.
- Stay vigilant and informed. With the spread of fake news and other lies, it is so important to stay informed, find sources we can trust, fact check, and be skeptical of un-cited information.
- We need to engage in conversation, even when it’s uncomfortable (especially if it’s uncomfortable), so that we expand our own views and help inform others.
- We must vote! Midterm elections are in two years. There may be local elections before then. We need to vote any time we get the chance.
- Write and call your representatives. Voting is not the end of your part in democracy. You still have influence and power to change laws and government policies. When enough people write and call about the same issue, it absolutely can pressure a representative enough to take action. To start, here are the phone numbers for Colorado Senator Cory Gardner.
- If you can, run for office. There are plenty of small, local government positions across the country that need filling. Many of them don’t even require a huge time commitment, so you can keep your day job.
- Comment below with your suggestions on how to move forward and make waves.
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