Though our nation has elected a president that speaks to a demand for economic change, we cannot sacrifice respect for one another and human rights in the process, nor do we have to. Women are uniting in cities throughout the United States on January 21, to march for “human rights, civil liberties, tolerance of diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity”. I can think of no greater power than that of women united in our heart’s truth that we must care for one another, we must nurture life to sustain it, and there can be no tolerance of domination or dictates that designate any human to be of less value than another.
Since the first Women’s Rights Convention in our country at Seneca Falls, New York in 1898, women have had to fight for equal rights and in 2017 we are still fighting. Our united voice cannot remain dormant at this critical time of political challenge. Once again, we must stand in solidarity and make our presence known. We must show that we have the courage and conviction to be a voice for ourselves, humanity, and the planet we share.
We don’t have to have all the answers to achieving unity and well-being, but we do have to come together and demand that we find them. We do have to stand for love, for peace, for the awareness that we cannot endure the levels of violence and destruction that are so frequent in our daily lives as to numb our minds and hearts.
Women have long been confined by inequality, and in the U.S. we have succumbed to an over-investment in our physical appearance as a necessary and primary value of our worth. This is an historic opportunity to emerge beyond those facades and demonstrate our inherent power to live and create in unity and respect for all life. This is a chance to be a global voice of strength as women unite for One and for All. Whether man or woman, you are invited to march.
In Los Angeles we will be meeting at Pershing Square downtown, marching from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (arrive by 9:00 a.m.), with events in the park taking place until 3:00 p.m. For detailed information, go to https://womensmarchla.org, or visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/events/1211228062281167. For other cities, simply google “women’s march January 21, 2017” to find information on the march in the city nearest you.
As our nation awakens let us march in peace and pray in faith. Let us be more compassionate as we demonstrate that our power together in love, is greater than any threat to divide.