This is a post I wrote for Facebook. Please let me know what you think!
I can’t believe I have to defend myself for exercising my 1st amendment rights. I am truly saddened to see how people I know have perceived the Women’s March. I am writing this to let you know that thanks to Facebook newsfeed, I see your likes and comments, and I want you to know that.
Here are a few reasons why I marched:
• I want the world to be a BETTER place for coming generations
• Protesting is one of the most American activities anyone can participate in.
• Tennessee has the highest percentage of workers earning minimum wage, which is $7.25; and, as the cost of living keeps increasing, our lawmakers have denied increases to minimum wage. No one working 40 hours a week should have to worry about living in poverty.
• Women in Tennessee make about 83 cents on the dollar compared to men for the same work.
• Religion and government should not be entwined
• I want to stand-up WITH marginalized groups and help reduce negative biases, and listening to and marching with them is a good start.
• We have the means and technology. Healthcare is a human right.
• I wanted to learn why this was important to other people and how my own privileges have affected myself and other people
• I don’t believe in separating families, or that a human being can be considered illegal
• Based on the comments from friends and strangers yesterday, it seems that people still don’t understand or want to understand how other people are treated in the United States and how bigoted and misogynistic rhetoric has been supported and celebrated.
So, this is just a short list that I could put together quickly, as there are many causes dear to me. I want to learn and evolve into a better version of myself each and every day. Participating in this march inspired and motivated me to be more involved, and hopefully that will help inspire and motivate the people I know to do the same.