–by Mary Kaplan
On January 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, I will participate in the Women’s March in D.C. in a show of solidarity against the proposed threats against our rights and liberties. Like many others who had believed that the social progress our country had experienced in the past few years would continue when our first woman president was elected, I was horrified when a man was elected whose bullying tactics and treatment of women, Mexicans, Muslims. African Americans, the disabled, and anyone who challenges him instills fear and despair and divides our country. My husband and I had often discussed the possibility of leaving the country should Mr. Trump win the election, and the morning after the election, he asked me if I still wanted to leave. After giving it some thought, I made the decision that this was my country, my ancestor had fought in the Revolutionary War, and that I had a responsibility to work to make it safe and livable for my four grandchildren.
Over 200,000 have registered to march in D.C. and more than 200 groups and organizations have signed on as supporting partners to address concerns about the environment, affordable healthcare, abortion rights, gun safety, minimum wages, and racial and gender equality. Simultaneous local protests will occur in all 50 states. Support marches are planned in 30 other countries. I will be proudly and loudly marching with two of my granddaughters, two sisters, my daughter-in-law, and many friends who are coming from all over the country. I am marching because the world needs to see that the majority of our citizens shown by popular vote, want to protect our human rights and those of the disenfranchised.
Mary Kaplan is a retired social worker who has been active in the Women’s Movement for over forty years. She has organized and participated in many protests and marches, including a sit-in in the Florida governor’s office. She is the author of five books and lives in New Port Richey, Florida.