What a Difference a Year Can Make!
One year after the Women’s March on Washington, I was proud to join more than 5,000 people in the St. Petersburg Women’s March (1/21/18). Together, we took a stand against the current administration’s policies that are harmful not only to women, but to every American who believes in fundamental human rights for all. We have not wavered in our spirit, or in our commitment to this fight!
In 2017 we were angry and lost. But the first Women’s March rallied a tidal wave of motivated citizens – ordinary people who knew what a Trump presidency might mean for our communities.
Now we begin 2018 united, ready to mount a challenge against the forces of bigotry and oppression.
Organizing for Liberty
I met many incredible people at this year’s march, including congressional candidates Robert Tager and Chris Hunter, plus leaders from Ruth’s List, No Labels, Moms Against Gun Violence, and a number of other progressive groups. Bound by common goals, we shared our personal stories and our plans for the future. Together we vowed to protect and advance the rights of women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, those living with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and everyone else who is marginalized by society.
Power to the Polls
This year’s theme was “Power to the Polls,” and the march area was filled with organizations and volunteers. Many voters were registered, warm connections were made, and – in the case of the St. Pete’s Women’s Collective – sexual assault survivors were invited to write the names of their abusers on posters for all to see. It was an honor to stand alongside so many inspiring activists.
Although the event was an opportunity to introduce myself to people as the candidate for Florida House District 36, I was truly marching as Linda Jack, private citizen. I marched close to home for the same reasons I marched in Washington last year, before I had any plans to run for office. I marched because I believe that together we are stronger, and better able to resist the toxic rhetoric and policies that would otherwise silence us. It’s time to push back. Sign up here to join me!
~Dr. Linda Jack