On Saturday, January 21, 2017 women spoke loudly across the U.S. from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles. Women everywhere stood up and let their strength in numbers be seen. In Los Angeles, it was estimated that 750,000 people attended the Women’s March LA. Streets that were originally opened to traffic had to be closed to accommodate the thousands of people that were marching and I stood right in the middle of all this wonderful energy from women, men, children, young and old, all chanting and standing together.
The day before, on January 20, 2017, the new President of the United States, Donald J. Trump was sworn into office and there was this quiet stillness throughout Los Angeles, almost somber and sad, but all that changed the day of the March. Voices all over LA were heard chanting “Love Trump Hates”, “This is what Democracy looks like”, and “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Donald Trump has got to go.” There was nothing but love for one another, no matter race, ethnicity, or gender, we stood together.
This march represented how the next four years will play out. We will not have our future jeopardized or dictated, we will stand together and organize. Our daughters and sons will be affected by today’s events in a way that will impact their choices because they saw their parents stand for the rights of everyone. As women, we saw what true empowerment was today. We watched the young and old march for the same rights that we all deserve.
My journey has been altered after today’s events. To know that I’m not alone as I take this road ahead. I can stand up for my rights, knowing that thousands of women are behind me gives me strength to make choices that will create a space to help others and our future generations.
As I stand with the women of the world, I pray that our strength and faith continues to grow and we come together to create change. #WomensMarchLA