Why I March

Exactly one year ago I wrote a post very similar to this one. I talked about the sister marches that went on all around the world. If you want to read that one click here! 

Today, I wanted to share my experiences from this past Saturday, January 21st. I was part of the 50,000 people who marched in NYC. As I was marching, a Buzzfeed reported came up and asked if he could interview me. Excited I was going to be on Buzzfeed, of course I said yes. The first question he asked me was why I was marching. In that interview I said, “I am marching to support women and to support democracy.” The minute he asked the question I stopped to think about why I was really marching, I didn’t have time to think on the spot, as the interview was live, but I continued thinking as I kept marching.

I marched to stand up for what I believe in. The United States was built on the foundation of freedom- speech, press and assembly. Using these freedoms is what makes you an active, valuable member of the community. So much is going on in this world and country. As a citizen with these rights, it is essential to use them; that means listening carefully when the opposite view protests and respecting differences in opinion.

As I was marching, I found unity in the group of people I was with—Everyone was nice and supportive. We were all working together to share our message. And for the 5 hours we were there, nothing else matter. People weren’t treated differently because of skin color, gender, sexuality, or anything else.

Since Saturday, I have tried to take that same mentality into my everyday life. Being a part of such a big crowd of supportive people makes me want to better myself and better my community to have the same mentality those at the march did.

I marched to show that I stand with women, but, more importantly, I marched to stand up for my rights as a citizen of the United States.

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