There’s Nothing We Can Do? I Don’t Think So

22 Jan

The book Sisterhood Is Powerful was my first exposure to feminism. I don’t remember much about the book other than it changed my entire perspective on life. My initial response was anger and then a sigh of relief as the world began to make sense. I wasn’t crazy.

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On inauguration day I thought I could skate through pretending it wasn’t happening. Living in Mexico, it is way easier to ignore a lot of the craziness going on in the US. I didn’t take into consideration that the whole world is watching, literally. At my doctor’s appointment on Friday, the waiting room television was tuned to live coverage of the events in Washington. It was like viewing a car accident, horrifying, yet I was unable to look away. The rest of the day was downhill from there.

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During the week I had stumbled across a website listing women’s marches scheduled around the world. I was shocked and thrilled to find a walk planned for Saturday morning in Chetumal, a thirty minute drive from our house.

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It always starts with a small group of likeminded souls.

I scrambled to get the word out. I badly wanted to feel a part of the the US activities. IMO January 21 turned into a giant “yagya”, a sacred and auspicious ceremony being performed by massive numbers of people all over the planet. It was surely a tipping point. Bacalar had a showing of six women out of twelve! Woohoo.

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Our youngest participant.

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Getting to know each other over a post walk breakfast.

I don’t see Bacalar as a seat of resistance but I will do what I can to support and assist in any way possible. The most important thing that I saw the march accomplish was to dispel fear. When we are not afraid, we can do anything. Sisterhood really is powerful.

DOS TORTAS

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9 Responses to “There’s Nothing We Can Do? I Don’t Think So”

  1. emilievardaman January 22, 2017 at 10:23 am #

    I marched with 15,000 in Tucson. Drove 100 miles to do so. Beautiful event. The cops even waved and smiled. I feel hope.

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    • afish25 January 22, 2017 at 10:26 am #

      Hope was what we needed. Together we can.

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  2. emilys72016 January 22, 2017 at 10:42 am #

    Thank you for marching in Mexico. We too are horrified by what is happening in the US now, but seeing the solidarity of women (and men too) all over the world yesterday via the internet was satisfying and empowering!

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  3. Jamie Ray January 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    Great looking gathering! Donna and I marched in NYC, a huge (300,000?) march with a lot of representative diversity, including lots of families, and lots of men with their sons! which I don’t remember seeing enmasse at other women’s marches. Great signs and a lovely peaceful vibe.

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    • afish25 January 22, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

      Must have been amazing. I did an anti-Vietnam march in the 70s. My first big march.

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  4. Karen Hodgens January 22, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    Thought about going, but chickened out since I didn’t want to go alone. In reality, I could have made more of an effort to hook up, but didn’t. I did watch some of the March on TV and it was amazing. I will make calls and/or send post cards. I know now isn’t the time to sit back and do nothing.

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    • afish25 January 22, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

      Very emotional watching the crowds.

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  5. Alexandra January 22, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

    I was out in Ajijic, and now I’m happy to report that a NY Times photographer was there too!

    Ajijic Made the NYTimes! From the article: “Photos from Women’s Marches Around the World”, which is on today’s front pageon the digital New York Times:

    Pease see the 14th Photo down. From Ajijic, Mexico 🙂

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