"This is a day that will change us forever, because we are together" - Gloria Steinem
Yesterday was amazing. Truly amazing. And it's hard to put everything into words. When you're there, on the ground, in the crowd, it's hard to understand the magnitude of what is actually going on. You're marching, walking, talking with others. You feel that you're a part of something huge, but it doesn't really set in.
But last night, as I was filling up with hot soup and wine, I watched arial videos of the crowds in Washington, D.C. and it started to sink in. This was something really big. Millions took to the streets all over the globe to peacefully protest what was going on: The president of the United States of America is against equality and the right to choose and women's rights and immigrants and many other things.
The president of the United States is not our president. And the world agrees.
At some point, we tried to get up to the stage, unaware how packed the area already was. We made it up to the sculpture garden and the air and space museum. We stood and chatted and took pictures and tried to find a way to get up closer to no prevail. Sitting on Maxim's shoulders, we could just barely see the jumbotron. But I listened to the words of Gloria Steinem and Scarlett Johansson and America Ferrara.
Like, I don't know what to say except that I feel so happy to have been a part of this. For every woman out there who has ever felt threatened for having a voice or speaking up, know that we're here for you. For any woman that's been made to feel uncomfortable because of the color of your skin, or the way that you look, know that we're here for you. For anyone that feels threatened and scared about what these next four years have in store, know that we are here for you. We are a nation of diversity and immigrants and freedom and choice.
As Americans, we have the freedom to choose if we want an abortion, and the freedom to marry whomever we want. We have the freedom to chase after our dreams and create businesses around them. We have the freedom to speak freely as a female or muslim or whatever you may be. And that's because we live in the United States of America.
And whenever you feel like Trump is threatening that — like honestly, though, it won't end — remember that the march took place ACROSS THE GLOBE. It took place in Antarctica and Europe. It took place in Texas and Alaska and the biggest cities on the globe. It even took place at Disney World.
P.S. If you missed it:
“I respect that you are our president-elect...And I want to be able to support you. But first, I ask, that you support me. Support my sister. Support my mother. Support my best friend and all of our girlfriends. Support the men and women here today that are anxiously awaiting to see how your next moves may drastically affect their lives.” - Scarlett Johansson
The story behind the sign
So, I did not come to the march with a sign. I arrived with my phone and Maxim and a cup of coffee from Dunkin Donuts. I thought I could make a sign at the rally and then realized that there were already 250K people rallying...oops.
Maxim and I were on 7th street (where everyone was filling the street preparing to march), and we were looking for some water before the marching officially began. As we made our way up the street, a woman handed me a sign. She said that it was made with love and that she wanted me to have it. One side said "SAD" in giant glitter letters. The other, more popular side, said "3 Doors Down LOL."
3 Doors Down was one of the "big" performers at the inauguration. Being a performance at the inauguration has not always been a huge political statement...until now. Read more here.
And there you have it, kids.