Saturday, January 21, 2017

March on Charlotte

This morning I showed the kids this video to get them in the right mindset for the march in Charlotte today. When Mike and I had watched it for the first time the day prior it had really touched us.



After you watch that video, also watch this video, where Obama talks about this experience on the eve of the '08 election (in Manassas, VA, Gillian!)


The march in Charlotte was incredibly moving and inspiring. 25,000 people. I was impressed by the variety and creativity of the signs, ranging from tongue in cheek to poignant and striking.

Killian appreciated, "Dumbledore wouldn't let this happen."
I was struck by "Does conversion therapy work for bigots?" and "Trans & Terrified."

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We also ran into people chanting "Fired Up, Ready to Go!" which was really fun to come across after watching the video this morning.

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Mike wanted to go the simple route and chose something that pretty much sums it all up: "Be Nice." Mick chose a loving kindness mantra for his sign.

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Several people commented on Mike's sign, saying it was perfect, and that's what it's all really about. A few people asked if they could take pictures.

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It was wonderful to run into friends from the neighborhood, church, Trader Joe's, previous pre-schools, and Killian's school administration and teachers. It was an amazing feeling of solidarity and community. I hope this was a great warm-up to taking concrete steps to actually affecting change.

"In the midst of sharing Facebook photos, war stories about rain gear and snacks and extra layers, the most important step attendees can take is to determine what in their daily lives they will do to stand up to bigotry or sexism, to help encourage a candidate to get in the race, make an action plan for the year to engage in an issue or local race, defend a friend or coworker or even run for office. And we are going to have to get a little bit uncomfortable in our daily lives to do that by making time, by thinking hard about what we care about, by speaking up even when it isn’t easy.
The march shouldn’t be a moment to rest and celebrate. It should be a warm up."
- Jen Psaki