Marching in Music City
Nashville shows up big to support women’s rights
Donald Trump said it best himself after the 2012 election. It is precisely the reason millions across the globe marched in support of women, immigrants, muslims, and the many other groups attacked by Trump’s hateful rhetoric and factually devoid claims.
On Saturday, January 22, we joined our fellow Americans in Nashville, Tennessee to exercise our 1st Amendment right and stand up to hate. It was cool and cloudy and the forecast called for light rain. At 9am we finished our coffees, grabbed our jackets, and left for Cumberland Park. We had no idea how huge this was going to be.
The crowd was thousands strong with more pouring into the park every minute. The energy was electric. People gathered with their signs, posing for pictures and holding them high, each representing a unique view of something they cared passionately about. While some took more serious tones, satire and humor were not far from view.
We were united under a common theme but if you had asked someone why they were there, you might have gotten a different response each time. For some, a woman’s right to choose — that her body was not available for legislation. Others were there to support immigration reform, fair wages, and in general protest of Trump, his policies, and abhorrent attitude towards women and those that criticize him.
When it came time to fill the streets of downtown, the crowd had surged to over 15,000; mirroring the larger than expected turnout worldwide. A peaceful procession stretched from the courthouse to the pedestrian bridge — a powerful display of what is possible when we come together.
We marched together because women’s rights are human rights.
We marched together because resenting an entire group of people based on their color, religion, gender, or sexual orientation is immoral.
We marched together to show the world that love trumps hate.
Before this demonstration, I felt a sense of guilt. “Could I have done more in the months leading up to the election?” I asked myself. Sure, I had donated money and posted plenty online like many others, but was it enough? The simple answer is: No.
We must act when it is uncomfortable. Speak when it is difficult. But most importantly, learn from those we do not understand. Grow together, live it, breathe it.