I Bridged Together Golden Gate on Friday and marched in the Women’s March Contra Costa on Saturday because I wanted to send a message. I wanted the world to know that, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, there are still people in this country who refuse to give up on our promise as a country…. the promise of building a more just society based on the belief that we truly are our brother’s keepers; a society that embraces our diversity and recognizes that we truly are all equals; a society that cares for the less fortunate, the disabled, the elderly and infirm; that guarantees healthcare as a right for all of us regardless of our ability to pay; and a country that is as committed to respecting people of all religions or no religion, not just the one practiced by our majority.
I wanted to show the world that there were still decent people in this country who were unwilling to abandon our commitment to the lofty and noble principles that truly make America great; justice, freedom, liberty, truth, kindness, decency, respect – the principles that help us be better people as we become better citizens.
And finally, I marched to send a message to the new president that while he had succeeded in manipulating, mocking, ridiculing, and bullying his way into the White House, he had not succeeded in winning my respect. Therefore, he should never ever expect my support. I marched because the only power I have is my voice and I refuse to be quiet. Thank you for giving all of us the opportunity to stand together and roar!