By Xiomara “LunarIx” Santana, Staff Writer
The day after the election was particularly a difficult day for me. I had just witnessed two campaigns: one of a woman who was more than qualified to be the next president and the other of a man who rallied for hate. When I woke up and found out that a man who has no respect for women, people of color, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities won the presidential election by the electoral vote, I felt defeated.
A few weeks later, after talking and surrounding myself with positive friends, mentors and activists, I felt the mourning state was over. These next four years will be the most difficult ones, but they will be the ones that make us the most powerful, too.
I found out about the Women’s March through a professor who also was very disappointed by the election’s outcomes. I knew right away that I needed to be at the Women’s March on Washington because it would be a way for me to vocalize about the injustice that has swept our nation. That same day, I bought a bus ticket to Washington D.C. (nearly a 16-hour bus ride) for the march. I knew this was the right thing for me to do.
I departed from Iowa City mid-afternoon on Jan. 20, the eve of the march. Fast forward 16 plus hours, and I’m finally arriving at Washington D.C. on Jan. 21. As I made my way to Independence Avenue and Third Street, I witnessed thousands of individuals ready to let their voices be heard. I also observed the various signs: some passionate, some hilarious, and some demanding.
I carried a poster with me that said, “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”
The reason I chose this quote was because I believe that the laws this new president plans to put in place are ones that will hurt many women, people of color and individuals with low income. Our jobs are to counteract against these laws. That’s a big reason why I believe in this movement so much.
Other posters I saw stated the following slogans:
- “PROTECT: Black, Asian, Muslim, Latinx, Disabled, Trans, Poor, WOMEN”
- “If you don’t fight for ALL women you fight for NO Women”
- “I love naps but I stay awake”
- “We are all immigrants”
While walking through the streets of D.C. holding my poster with thousands of individuals who felt just as distressed as myself, I was overwhelmed with several emotions. Knowing that other people around the world were with us was inspiring. I felt as though we were all in it together.
Throughout the march we all chanted, “We won’t go away! Welcome to your first day!”
I will take a lot away from experiencing the Women’s March. We cannot give up! These next four years will be filled with hardship, but we must not get overwhelmed. We need to keep working together. Organize ourselves, and take action!
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