Today I woke up with plans to watch the Women's March on Washington via live stream and do some weekend house chores. I got online to search for the live stream and came a across a Facebook page for a march right here in Houston! I didn't think I would make it in time given that I had to feed and dress two children, but I made! And I am SO happy that I did!
With all of the crazy things happening in our country I have always wondered how I could make a difference. I've had the desire to participate in protests but my fears of possible violence have stopped me each time. This time was different for me. We now have a president in office who's agenda is clear and women and people of color are not on it. And let me just say to those of you who may be reading this that disagree, if you're offended then you should stop reading now. Just like the president you voted for I too as a citizen of the U.S.A have every right to voice my opinion and every right to peaceful protest. Anyway, because of the climate in the United States and that I now have a daughter, I don't feel like sitting back quietly is an option for me any longer. As a mother, as a woman of color, and as an descendant of men and women who lost their lives fighting for my future, I can no longer watch my people (of all genders and colors) be mistreated and denied. So, I packed up my kiddos and we marched! What a sight to see! White men and women protesting for black lives, men protesting for women's equality, husbands protesting with wives, children who are being taught to be vocal and not quiet about injustices! That's the American spirit I love! I am also really happy that I decided to bring both of my kids. Even though I am now completely exhausted from carrying a 35 lb two year old, it was worth it. Her first protest and she's only two. I know that she's young and may not remember this but the seed has been planted and thats what counts! As for my son who is six and is much more aware, he was initially unsure why we were there. After a brief and PG explanation he looked at me and asked "how can he tell a woman if she can or can't have a baby?" Operation complete. If that was the only thing accomplished today then I have accomplished everything!
Thank you to all of the women and men who marched, all of the men and women who have fought for equality and change in America. This experience was life changing for me. I feel a new sense of unity. There are so many more people fighting for equality than I have ever imagined. It gave me hope that change is coming but we MUST be persistent and remain active! I encourage all of you to get involved! If you believe in it, show up or speak up! Here are a some pictures from my day at the Houston Women's March! Xx, Nikki