Updated: Feb 17
Written by Tracy Samson - Co-Lead Social Media/Volunteers Women's March ATX, Co-Organizer of Womens March LA 2017
After the election I was so distraught. I had this deep sadness. I couldn’t believe that I lived in a country that could elect this man. What did that say about us? I wanted to pack up and leave. When I came home election night I saw my boys: these two wonderful boys who deserve so much better that this. If I ran away, what would I be teaching them? I have always tried to teach them to have a voice and to help those in need. But my question to myself was “How”? I did not know.
I met with friends the next day and talked with faraway friends on Facebook. There was a need for connection to make sense of this. Then a friend messaged me. He said, “You walk the walk everyday of your life. You are a shining example of what is good on this earth. What is infinite is what your already have in abundance: knowledge, acceptance, hope and love. It is what will prevail.”
This brought tears to my eyes. This friend stood to lose so much more than I did. He could lose his right to openly love, but he thought about me. This is who we are: we look out for and care for each other. At that moment I decided I had to do something.
I saw a conversation about a Women’s March on Washington and ended up chatting with a few women about doing one in L.A. It really is a blur. We knew nothing about each other except that we were in this together.
The day of the march was one of the most profound days of my life, seeing not only Los Angeles, but the world coming together in solidarity. It was overwhelming. No words could ever describe it. Then finding my family among the 800k people and seeing my son's face. Knowing that he sees that there is still so much goodness in the world. That one person can make a difference.
So here we are. Three years later. So much has changed…even the state that I call home. What hasn’t changed? My heart promise to my boys - that I will do everything I can to fight for the rights of all people and to lend my voice to the chorus of those who go unheard.
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