On Saturday, January 21st, 2017 women joined together to march following the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump. Marches took place across the nation and world in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, to stand up for equality, reproductive rights and against the hate rhetoric of Donald Trump and his administration. Unable to make it for the Women's March on Washington in Washington D.C. I participated in the march in Seattle, Washington. Wanting to actively participate and be fully present during the march I chose to document the march and my surroundings as I marched alongside everyone else to Seattle Center.
As I walked to the start of the march at Judkin's Park the crowds were already forming. It was exciting and empowering to see so many people out and ready to take action. It was later released that an estimated 175,000 people took to the streets of Seattle for the Womxn's March. However, while marching I could not shake this underlying sense of discomfort. It was amazing and so beautiful to see thousands of women, men and children out marching but the whole time I couldn't help but question, "where were all these people when Black Lives Matter is protesting?" or "while the indigenous people of our land are fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock?" Also, how is acceptable that those marches and protests are met with militarized police in riot gear while during the Womxn's March the police were in their normal uniforms and much more laid back? How can we use this movement to continue and get the same turn out to other rallies and protests even when they may not direct affect one's own privilege? These are just a few questions that ran through my mind as I was marching and as I have continued to process internally what this movement means in the greater scheme of things.
It is my hope that this is the beginning of a more intersectional movement. That Saturday's marches and solidarity was just the beginning and has empowered people to continue to show up and speak out against injustice. My hope is that people didn't leave the marches thinking they have done their part and can return quietly to the comfort of their own lives. This work is not easy and it is so important to remember and actively engage in self-care so we can continue to fight and not burn out. If anything participating in the Womxn's March further empowered me to continue to push myself to show up, speak out and engage in difficult and uncomfortable dialogues and I encourage you all to do the same.