What: Women’s March LA
Where: Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles
What time: 9 AM to 4 PM
Why: Read on…
Of all of the things I never wanted to talk to my boys about I think that Golden Showers would be in the top 5. Not that I ever imagined it would come up. Why on earth would it? But it’s 2017 and you just don’t know what will happen. We had already had long discussions about why it’s never okay to grab a woman’s genitals (to this my son replied, “duh”), make fun of people with disabilities, discriminate against people or, of course, lie.
While the next 4 years are a wildcard, I do know what will happen this Saturday, the day after our new president, Donald J. Trump, is inaugurated; we will march. Along with thousands of other Los Angeles women, we will take to the streets to demand better.
We will be participating in the Women’s March LA, sister march to the Women’s March on Washington, at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles.
Of course it’s not just about the things the president tweets, what he says off the cuff or what he may or may not have done in the past. What I’m worried about is what will happen to my family and yours. Already Congress has taken steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act leaving millions without health insurance, and to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides reproductive health services to women across the country. The president-elect has maintained that he would like to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and create a muslim registry.
The Women’s March LA and other marches across the country aren’t solely political protests; they’re solidarity marches for women and men who believe that every person is equal and that we must raise our voices if we want to keep the freedoms we take for granted and want to keep for our children. We are marching because we want the new administration of our government to know that the women of this country won’t stand for our rights, or anyone else’s, to be taken away.
I don’t know if you should go and I don’t know if it will change anything. I don’t know if you should bring your kids or anyone else in your family. I just know that Sarah and I and many friends will be there. We will march in our beloved city to celebrate unity, diversity and freedom with the hope that it will energize women to speak up, to write letters, make phone calls and to run for public office like Sarah has already done.