By Fredrica Syren:
Last Saturday I joined 40,000 people in the Women’s March, San Diego, in what was almost a counter to President Trump’s inauguration on Friday. We did not march alone: marches took place at the same time throughout the U.S. and all over the world. It began as a Facebook post right after the election with the hope of a big event to speak up for women’s rights, gay rights, reproductive rights, civil rights, protection of the environment and immigration. This peaceful demonstration was a way for us to raise our voices.
Before we started marching, we all got to listen to some very inspiring speakers like state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, while we all stood united with men, women and children of all ethnicities, colors and ages, holding signs saying “Climate Change is Real”; “My Body, My Right”; “Love Trumps Hate”; and Men of Quality Fear no Equality.”
It was a cheerful demonstration walking through downtown San Diego, chanting, “My body, my rights, this is what democracy looks like.” Newly elected California Senator Toni Atkins and Assemblyman Todd Gloria joined the march.
I felt very energized from being part of something so big and fun at the same time. I marched for all my sisters —Muslim, Latino, African-American, Native American, gay and Asian — but mostly, I marched for my children Noah, Liam and Bella. As I marched for all people’s equality, I vowed to myself that I would keep fighting, today, tomorrow and always.