Why we march

The biggest demonstration of democracy in US History

By Elizabeth Casella, Managing Editor

Since the founding of this nation the battle for equality for gender, race, religion, sex and many additional issues has been brought up and protested in some manner. These fundamental issues that are human rights issues cannot be denied.  After the eight-year presidency of Barack Obama, this country came closer to equality than ever before. Unfortunately, this foundation that was established within the last eight years all could come toppling down under the new administration of President Donald Trump.

He ran a campaign based on hatred and discrimination of any group that was not white and male. It brought to the forefront of society the terrible divide that has underlined this country for years but no one wanted to recognize. It has left the country divided in deeper ways than expected and hurt more than can be expressed.

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(Left to Right) Anna Strauz and Mona, from New Jersey, went to the march to stand up for those that are being bullied and for everyone that needs a voice. They embodied the true spirit of the cause. (Photo by Elizabeth Casella, Managing Editor)

One way to have one’s voice heard in this democracy is through protest and historically this has worked. The list goes on about the rights that have been gained in this country through protest and rejecting what is currently in place. These ideals have led this country to better itself for all of its citizens. It is because of this fundamental need to improve for the greater good, and the tried and true tactic of protest working that we as a nation found a way through that divide and came together to march.

Each person has his or her own personal reasons to be there. Either way it does not matter because the message as a whole of marching together to fight for equality and showing that we as a nation will not accept hatred and disgrace from our leader was heard. It shows that we will never back down for what we believe in and will not let this country regress after it has come so far.

Yes, America could be great again but not for the reason our newly found president believes and all of his close-minded supporters. The majority will win but it will take time and patience. This is not the end of the war; it is simply the first battle.

We marched to say, “Welcome to the presidency Mr. Trump, because it will be the hardest thing you ever do.” One of the chants that rang the loudest at the march was, “We won’t go away, welcome to your first day.”

Why do we march?

No matter the personal reason for women’s rights, health care or saving all aspects of the First Amendment. For the rights of immigrants from foreign lands within our borders or helping those in other countries, coming together in a peaceful manner to fight for these rights is why we march. Standing up for our beliefs to better the nation and forward this country into a greater era of democracy is why, we the people of this once great nation rise up and do what we know how to do best.

We fight, we march and we stand together to actually be the change that we wish to see in the world. Hand in hand we come together to fight the greater power, to reclaim it and prove that it is we the people who run this nation and not solely our president or even our government under their own interest.

We marched to show that one couldn’t just accept things when they have been wronged or accept having their rights taken away. We marched to take our country back. We will continue to march until we no longer have to, but this fight has only just begun.

“Show me what Democracy looks like, this is what Democracy looks like,” we chanted as we took to the streets. “Show me what a feminist looks like, this is what a feminist looks like,” we sang as women, men and children marched all over the world to fight for women’s equality issues and make a stand against this new government that wish to take those away.

The fight has just begun and because of that is why we marched.