Keep Protesting

March 12, 2017

Dear Concerned Citizens,

On the morning of November 9, 2016 did you wake up with tears in your eyes? Did you wake up with regret in your heart? Did you feel the progress of the last 8 years start slipping away? Did you wonder how the winner of the popular vote lost the presidency? Did you wonder how it happened again?

Twice!

Twice in the last 16 years, we have watched a presidential candidate win the popular vote and lose the U.S. Presidency. We have watched America take steps towards fixing income inequality, affordable healthcare, and equal rights for all citizens only to watch the next administration gut that progress.

I have marched. I have lobbied. I have called my elected official. I have talked face to face with my U.S. Senators. I have championed the change I want to see in our country. I have stood shoulder to shoulder with a handful of like-minded individuals protesting, an army of ten carrying signs and chanting in the streets in order to move our country forward.

On the morning of January 21, 2017, hours after the Trump administration took leadership, we witnessed millions of people, taking to the streets, marching in protest all over our country and the world. The images of people in pink hats with protest signs lining the Seattle streets, stretching over three miles, was historic. Standing on the streets of Seattle, when the chant leader screamed: “Show me what democracy looks like!” and the crowds answered: “This is what democracy looks like!”

The following week people filled airports all over the U.S. protesting the current administration’s executive order blocking people from six countries from entering the U.S. The number of people taking an active role in our democracy has been growing in the weeks since the current administration took office.

Here is what is comes down to: one day in the streets will not stop the current administration’s attack on our civil liberties because, if it did, if simply marching one day could change the system that keeps marginalized communities oppressed, the current administration would never have been an option. In fact, if we want to keep the rights we currently enjoy, we need to take action, talk to our neighbors and call our legislators and lobby our law makers and get involved in our local government and run for elected office.

That’s what it comes down to.

Your voice matters. Your voice makes a difference. Your voice can change the world.

Keep talking. Keep calling. Keep marching.

I’ll see you in the streets.

In Solidarity,

Louisa Swenson