The Women's March - Portland Oregon
2017 is already shaping up to be quite a year in the states. Unless you've unplugged and moved to the Yukon Territory, it's hard to ignore what's happening here in 'Merica. Stories about the presidential race and our incoming leader dominate all forms of the way we communicate. News, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, conversations with friends, family, and co-workers - you can't escape what's happening in politics over the past year. The country is divided, perhaps more than ever, and both sides of the coin feel miles apart in agreeing on how we move forward. The day after the inauguration of our 45th president, millions of men, women, and children across our country chose to take their beliefs and ideals to the streets. The Women's March was a beautiful statement that was made for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most important expression of the entire movement was the desire for all of us to be treated equally, no matter who we are. That seems to be a simple idea, but in a world where the difference between the "have" and the "have nots" grows by the day, equality for everyone may be just an illusion. I'm proud I was able to witness first hand the power of what thousands of people uniting in peace can do. There was an undeniable energy exerting from the crowd of over 70,000 gathered in downtown Portland. One can imagine that this is only the beginning of more demonstrations to come. Maybe we'll look back and see this election as the one that finally created a real change in our political system. Isn't it strange to anyone that most of us align to only two ways of thinking when we vote for the people in charge? You get a Democrat or a Republican, where else in life do we limit ourselves to only two choices? For the people that marched in solidarity this past Saturday, your group of millions is big enough to start a new party, a new choice. The next big race is in four years!
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