Personal Experience

The Women’s (People’s) March: My Thoughts

The Women's March isn't just about women's rights, but rather the rights of ALL Americans. Did women come together for the sake of their rights? Absolutely! But don't forget that they were not alone... They were joined by men, women and children from every race, color and sexuality all around the world.

Hi there,

I truly wanted my first blog post to be about something that mattered to me so I could set the tone for how my blog is going to be. It so happens that yesterday, history was made. As a nation we experienced a shift in power that altered our lives in different ways. As a woman, I saw my rights being taken away from me in a split second. As a friend of the LGBTQ community and the Black Lives Matter movement, I’ve witnessed several efforts to undermine not only their rights, but their mere existence. As a U.S. Citizen born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, and a proud member of a family of ‘immigrants,’ I’ve personally heard that my presence in this country is unwanted. The hatred that my community (and several others) has experienced partly stems from several misconceptions and generalizations that seem to make their way into the ears of the people. Therefore, I think that the Women’s March is the perfect opportunity to speak on a fragile subject that’s really close to my heart.

I wanted to take a moment on this beautiful Sunday to recognize what went on (and it’s still going on) today…

The Women’s March isn’t just about women’s rights, but rather the rights of ALL Americans. Did women come together for the sake of their rights? Absolutely! But don’t forget that they were not alone… They were joined by men, women and children from every race, color and sexuality all around the world. This great occasion showcased what America is all about – unity, diversity, democracy and the power of the people. I have no words to thank every single person that went out a marched for our rights. You all made a difference.

However, our job is not complete. Our generation has the responsibility to demand equality, acceptance and understanding for all that make up this great country. Simply put, all lives matter. With diversity ingrained in our society, we are bound to have plenty of differences and disputes. Our realities, perceptions, beliefs, bodies, likes and dislikes are not the same. They will never be. If they were, we would take away everything that makes us human… our ability to make mistakes, to feel, to disagree, to change…

Now, do I agree with everything that’s been debated? No… but do I agree that everyone should have a chance to live their life how they choose? Yes! My skin, site of birth, love interest and beliefs are MINE. They should not impede with your life or your affairs. I am free to be whoever I want to be; regardless of how I look like, where I come from or who I like. My thing is… you don’t have to agree with me… you don’t even have to like me, but I do ask for you to respect me – and so do thousands of Americans.

Look around, we’re all human beings… each with our own struggles and difficulties. I beg you to look beyond the color our skin, race, gender, class and sexuality. Let’s embrace each other as INDIVIDUALS. I don’t advocate violence, but I do advocate taking peaceful means to fight for a cause that impacts us all. What happened yesterday is beautiful, and it left us with a huge lesson… 

UNITED WE ARE STRONGER


Let our work not stop here. Our fight is just beginning. It is up to us to set the tone for the world our children will live in.

 

XOXO,

Manuela

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