I don't have to tell you about the social and political tension in the United States of America that has millions of people restless. I don't have to tell you about how divided my country is right now. I don't have to tell you about the impact of white supremacy, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, and sexism in American history or even today. It would be redundant of me to rehash these monumental issues and social injustices due to the fact that I should not have to. However, it is all too relevant. No matter your political view, it is vital to recognize a movement that is not only nationwide but also internationally acknowledged. To have so many people feel belittled and degraded and stifled is not a coincidence; it is hard to ignore your neighbors, friends, and family hurt and scared of what's to come when society should be getting better with time instead of the reverse.
I participated in the Women's March on Washington. I went to the biggest protest in US history with family and friends (who have affectionately named the group the #GuanYinSquad) to take a stand with millions of others to use our constitutional right to peaceful assembly. We wanted to show support for in the struggles we face and also for our fellow sisters and brothers who feel unheard and unsafe in this time of such divisiveness.
This unity has created hope and sparked a revolution for change. This unity has exemplified the true beauty of the United States even when darkness sometimes seem to triumph. The Women's March provided momentum to an already growing movement for resistance against those who do not respect or consider the lives they have marginalized so severely.