politics

Why I March…

Today I am with the women’s march in London.  Here is why I am choosing to participate, choosing to march, choosing to stand in solidarity.

I believe, above ALL else that we should be kind, that there is always someone else worse off and that we should do whatever we can to help them; whatever that looks like. If we choose to only look after ourselves we fail our own humanity.

Firstly I stand with ALL women of the USA whose civil liberties stand to be taken away under the Trump administration. I march for their right to control their own bodies, to choose to take birth control, to do go out dressed as they like and not be blamed for the actions of men when they are verbally or physically abused.

Secondly, I stand with the people of colour, immigrants, LGBTQ all over the world. I march for their right to exist without fear of prejudice or violence. I hear them when they say they are scared for their rights and scared for their lives. If you say you’re scared, I hear you; I do not say your fears are unjustified.

Lastly I march because if I do nothing, I am no better than those who are changing the rules to suit themselves. I march because to me it feels right, because I believe in #HopeNotHate and that #LoveTrumpsHate. I encourage you to join me.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

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9th November 2016

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Today I wear the badge of my ethnicity with pride. I wear it in solidarity, to show my American brother and sisters, those who are marginalised, those who are scared that I am with you. I hear your concerns. Others will tell you your concerns are invalid, over exaggerated and baseless. I know that not to be true.

A vote for Trump is a vote against all the sections of society that he has deemed to humiliate, to berate, to punish. People say that they voted for Trump because he will make America great again, ignoring your pleas that Trump’s America doesn’t include you, or your civil liberties.

We can only judge an individual on what we know of them, and whether or not Trump actually does half of the things he said he would is another matter. RIGHT NOW, your fear is justified.

I wear the badge of my ethnicity because I am British, and despite Brexit and our choice, a choice made through fear (just like the choice that was made for you) I am still proud to be British, to be English, to be a Londoner.

Find your pride, know that across the pond there are SO MANY people thinking of you, sending you hope and insisting that Love always wins.

Today I am sad for the world, but through my sadness, and my tears, I am trying to find some light. I hope you find some too.