It’s hard to describe the conflicting emotions I felt today.
Albeit a day filled with immense hope and indescribable optimism, there was an undercurrent of something else – of mourning. And as I marched down Seattle’s glutted streets with over 130,000 other peaceful protesters – staring up at rooftops to see firefighters, window-washers, and apartment residents waving on and screaming in solidarity – I recognized that this is a strange new nation. We are fractured. And no matter how hard anyone tries to pick up the pieces and painstakingly rejoin them, they will never fit back together again.
This farce of an election has cracked something inside us all, and we have a duty to acknowledge it, name it, and rail against that which threatens the safety and security of this great nation, and the world. We owe it to ourselves and the citizens around the world who raised their voices in solidarity with us today.
My hope is that this mantle of justice is taken up and shouldered by us all, and that we don’t chalk up today as some kumbaya moment. This “moment” must keep going far beyond today – in rhetoric and action; in everyday practice, we must always push forward. We must remember our humanity, and the power we wield when we band together.
I haven’t felt this good in a long time.
Today, I’m thankful for my fellow marchers across the nation and globe, especially my awe-inspiring mother and sister who trekked to DC; they’re the two strongest women and role models I’ve ever known.
For the knitter at the bus stop who gifted me a beautiful pink scarf.
For the new friend who pulled up at the glutted bus stop and gave three of us a ride.
For the friends I bumped into and texted with throughout the march.
For every single child I saw filled with hope, and screaming at the top of their lungs for change.
For the seniors walking arm-in-arm, holding signs aloft reading, “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit.”
For signs calling out all the -isms, and the importance of understanding and recognizing intersectionality.
For the blind marcher wearing a sandwich board reading, “I will not follow along blindly.”
For the great-grandmother who confided to me, “I like all the pink. But I don’t know about the pussy hats yet.”
For the eagle that flew overhead just as the sun beamed down.
Yes, we have much work to do to fix this country. But after days like today, I’m more certain than ever that, yes, we can.