Jaime R. Argandona, NoVES President
Anticipation dominated all feelings before we headed out to downtown DC for the Women's March on Washington. I was worried about if we had brought enough water, if cell phone service would be available, if we would be able to meet up with our NoVES friends, and how many people would actually show up.
We caught the Metro at Friendship Heights and hurried to our meet up location. I knew friends had already gotten to the site, so I began to look for familiar faces. First one, then two, then a few more. We gathered a group of about 12 and attempted to rendezvous with another group of friends on the other side of the building. And that's when the crowd hit. Suddenly what seemed to be a loose groups of like-minded protesters turned into a sea of humanity chanting, cheering, and standing up for our rights.
We got to hear Gloria Steinem, America Ferrera, Mayor Muriel Bowser, and many more activists, artists, and political leaders proclaim how we could and would affect the current administration.
The march organizers have called for 10 actions in the first 100 days of the new administration. The first of these actions is to “Write a postcard to your Senators about what matters most to you and how you’re going to continue to fight for it the days, weeks and months ahead”. The NoVES Ethical Action group has committed to following through with the 10 actions for 100 days campaign. We will be providing postcards for members after platform in the coming weeks.
Since the march we have all witnessed the executive actions that have threatened our civil rights. As we write, call, and continue to march I hold close these words delivered at the march by America Ferrera:
It's been a heart wrenching time to be both a woman and an immigrant in this country. Our dignity, our rights, our character have all been under attack. And a platform of hate and division of power assumed power yesterday. But the president is not America, his cabinet is not America, Congress is not America, we are America. And we are here to stay. We march today for our families and our neighbors. For our future, for the causes we claim, and the causes that claim us. We march today for the moral core of this nation.
Jaime Rodrigo Argandona
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