My husband has cancer.
He just had chemo on Wednesday and is sleeping like a bear today.
My mother died. I spent the afternoon watching the recording of her funeral service because when I was actually there, I had a five year old talking to me and climbing all over me the entire time.
I am bipolar and have chronic pain and fatigue. A month ago, I started a new 30-hour-a-week-job, but getting my mind and body used to the routine has been a challenge. I just wanted to sleep in and be lazy.
Plans to go with a friend to D.C. fell through.
Plans to go to Chicago fell through.
Plans to make a ten minute drive on a beautiful, sunny, warm day from my house to the march in Peoria on Water Street, where I would encounter like minded strangers in my own community…fell through.
I AM AFRAID.
AFRAID TO BE JUDGED. MISUNDERSTOOD. HATED. LABELED. ABANDONED. RIDICULED. DISLIKED. SHAMED.
(This is what we do to one another, isn’t it?)
I looked all day at photos and read about friends and family who chose to march.
I keep hearing Desmond Tutu in my head,
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
They took action, even though it was often misunderstood and disliked. I am so very proud of them. Here are a few pics.
And now here I am trying to participate at the very last minute. I’m running into the fray but still hoping to dodge bullets…
forward out of error | leave behind the night | forward through the darkness | forward into light
Mission of the Women’s March
We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
Principles of Unity
We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We must create a society in which women – including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women – are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.
Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies. We believe in accountability and justice in cases of police brutality and ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of color. It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system.
We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education.
We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming brothers, sisters and siblings. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.
We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security and equity. All women should be paid equitably, with access to affordable childcare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments. All workers – including domestic and farm workers, undocumented and migrant workers – must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage.
We believe Civil Rights are our birthright, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability. We believe it is time for an all-inclusive Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
We believe that all women’s issues are issues faced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. As mothers, sisters, daughters, and contributing members of this great nation, we seek to break barriers to access, inclusion, independence, and the full enjoyment of citizenship at home and around the world. We strive to be fully included in and contribute to all aspects of American life, economy, and culture.
Rooted in the promise of America’s call for huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we believe in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of status or country of origin. We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.
We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed – especially at the risk of public safety and health.