The great artiste and activist Nina Simone (who also suffered from depression) once wrote
“inside I’m screaming, someone help me, but the sound isn’t audible–like screaming without a voice–“
Many screams had a voice in the diverse people and signage at the Women’s March, in Washington, D.C., yesterday. All of us found a voice–an outlet to express our hopes and fears, which were as diverse as the call to respect the field of science, to the maternal fears of women for their sons regarding police brutality, to the reminders that this is a nation of immigrants, and girls just want FUNdamental rights, to name only a few.
Women’s rights are human rights and this cry must resound in our actions. We must stop pretending that everything is in order and demand our rights, the rights of the men that love us, and the rights of our children every day. From healthcare, to freedom of religion, to the pride of sharing our cultures–these are the silent screaming voices of our time that must be heard and respected. Gloria Steinem described the gathering in D.C., as “an outpouring of energy and democracy the likes of which I have never seen in my long life.”
Freedom=living without fear. Perfect love, which lingered in the positive atmosphere at the rallies in D.C., and across the nation yesterday, truly casts out fear and drives us to live our best lives. It was an honor to be among such passionate people. We can’t stop yet, the struggle must continue!