Today I had the privilege in participating in the Women’s March in Chicago. To the protesters of Chicago, it was an honor to march with you.
It’s hard to put into words what it felt like to be part of the 250,000+ in Chicago, and the 1,000,000+ in the world who showed up today to speak out, but I’ll try.
It was peaceful. It was filled with families spanning generations. Daughters, mothers, and grandmothers marched together, hand in hand with their brothers and partners. We moved for the strollers, we gave balloons to the kids, and we kept the chants clean. I did not see one person push or shove, not one piece of property destroyed, not even one person littering. This protest was built on respect and unity.
It was smart, inventive, and heartfelt. I was so impressed with the effort people put into their signs and outfits. Little girls were dressed as superheroes, women were dressed as Rosie the Riveter, and we even had our own Lady Liberty.
It was fun! We danced, we sang, and made new friends. We took pictures of slogans that were particularly thoughtful or moving and shared those pictures with our friends. We talked about what we do next and how to keep this momentum.
It was very pink, and very diverse. I looked across the crowd during the inauguration yesterday and I saw a sea of white. Today we had a sea of color and gender, and it was beautiful.
Tomorrow we continue this fight, but today I remember Why I March:
- I march to speak my truth.
- I march to protect and promote access to reproductive health care for people in Illinois and neighboring states.
- I march to protect our children from negative policies built on hate and distrust.
- I march to stand with my sisters and brothers of color.
- I march to stand with my indigenous sisters and brothers.
- I march to stand with my Latina sisters and brothers.
- I march to stand with immigrants, who now feel unsafe in their own homes.
- I march to support the LGBTQ community and to make it clear that they are welcome wherever I am.
- I march to support the women who felt they did not need to march today. I march for you too.
As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, the arc of justice is long, but it bends towards justice. We cannot take the progress we have made thus far for granted, and we are the change that creates the movement.
I stand with you, as you have stood with me. I’m not going anywhere.