Why I Marched
Standing side by side hundreds of thousands of strong and beautiful women, and letting the words of Gloria Steinem seep into our pores will be the one of the most memorable moments of my life. I am privileged to live in Washington DC. I experience reality becoming history everyday by the actions of our government and the people of our great nation. On Saturday women and our allys came together and helped make another defining moment in history.
The Women's March on Washington hosted over 600,000 feminists on the National Mall over three times as many people who attended President Trump's inauguration. We joined together and made a massive statement. The majority did not vote for President Trump and he works for US. This means, he can't go off on a twitter rant, he can't deny us our fundamental rights and, he cannot discriminate against no woman (or man) based off their race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation and/or gender identify. One of the most beautiful things about this country is it's continuing message of freedom for all and, no matter what this new government thinks we will demand just that.
I am a proud, strong and, nasty woman. I am an intelligent and fierce daughter of immigrants, growing up in a home where English wasn't the only language spoken. I belong to a religious and ethnic group that gets attacked for it's beliefs and cultural values for more than half my life. I marched because I am a passionate healthcare worker who believes everyone has a right to wellness. I marched because I and every single other person deserves respect and to have their rights upheld by the government.
I don't hide my political views. I know some grew up where politics was a topic not discussed in public. But I belong to a new generation. A generation of openminded individuals with more love than hate in their hearts. I firmly believe politics should be an open to discuss topic among family, friends and colleagues. If we don't have open and honest discussions how else will we learn and grow from each other? I will never know what life is like for a black person or a member of the LGBTQIA community. However, with openminded discussions I can at least understand and do my part in helping them during their struggles and be an impactful ally.
Over the past week, I received countless of emails, facebook messages, twitter and instagram DMs from people telling me they don't share my views and that I'm wrong, some even went as far as to call me a murderer. I've done my best to ignore the hate and reply with respect because that's what my Mummie taught me. But here's what I have to say to those people:
I'm sorry you think I'm a murderer because I chose a field which will positively impact hundreds and thousands of people. But becoming a volunteer at Planned Parenthood has been nothing but a blessing. I brought comfort and hope to countless of women whether they were there to receive birth control or get a free prenatal check up. I cried with patients who heard their baby's heartbeat for the first time wanting very much to become parents. And with those who found out they have cancer.
I'm sorry if you think people of my religious faith should be registered because we're dangerous. FYI there's already a census out there, so we're in fact registered. You only see the bad. You don't see my Mosque raising millions of dollars every year for those in need, volunteering at soup kitchens and shelters every single day and, becoming one of the largest population of college educated citizens.
I'm sorry you thought the march was just a group of angry liberals crying that they didn't get their way because it was so much more than that. It was a massive international love fest full of beautiful, strong and, nasty feminists. We demand equality and we will do everything in our power to achieve it.
So here's to all those who marched along side me in Washington or in solidarity across the globe. I marched for you and because of you. We won't let a delusional man with a twitter account, run our country into the ground. We will be active, we will be supportive and, we will come out of this tunnel with all the rights we deserve for a better, stronger and, more openminded country for us and all the generations after ours.
* Not all these pictures are my own. They're the product of countless of amazing feminists who attended the march