On Saturday, January 21, 2017, my niece and I participated in the Women's Day March in San Jose, California. I had never been to a political march that was so large. We wandered around and really enjoyed reading all the signs and talking to the people.
One of the things that filled me with the most joy was seeing people speak out for the rights of all groups who feel vulnerable or afraid. I saw Muslim women with signs supporting LGBT rights and immigrant rights. LGBTQ people holding signs supporting immigrant rights and Black Lives Matter. Women's rights activists speaking out for environmental issues and religious tolerance. And so on and so on. I firmly believe that a person should not just fight for the rights of your particular group, but you should fight for the rights of all people. I'm glad there are other people who agree.
My niece liked the march. Her only complaint was that the march took a long time to get started and it was pretty slow. I think that's just due to the large number of people who attended. At times I felt a little claustrophobic when the crowd was waiting to march. Once the crowd was marching, though, I had a great time taking photos and chanting.
I'm hoping my niece learns about the importance of social justice movements in making the United States a better country. We had many conversations with different groups of people. I had a great time.