Yesterday, millions of women and men all over the world took to the streets for the second annual Womens’ March, many wearing homemade pink hats with ears. In our evolutionary imperative to fight or flight in the face of danger or annihilation, the choice heard around the world was to stand up and fight.
In the weeks leading up to yesterday, alien beings listening to our world soundtrack from other corners of our universe would have heard the clicking of millions of knitting needles and crochet hooks creating countless pieces of resistance.*
I knit, and I have one of those hats on my needles now. I didn’t finish it or wear it yesterday, as I had another commitment, but I did march last year, and this year I was there in spirit, and in word – through tweet and retweet, post, like, and comment, spreading the message with my keyboard not my feet or hands holding a sign.
I have the profoundest respect and gratitude to everyone who braved cold, rain, snow, sleet, and possible violence from protesters of the protest, to come out yesterday and make their statement: that all people – of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, creeds, and convictions – matter. Each of us is a vital organ or component of the human race, none more or less important than the next. All choices pertaining to one’s pursuit of self, health, or happiness, are individual, not by authority of law as this country was built on such freedom.
Thank you to all who stood up yesterday and who stand up daily to tyrannies and tyrants, ignorance and violence, isolationism and fascism. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the tips of my wooly pink ears.
*Recent articles and social media posts leading up to the march yesterday urged marchers to not wear the hats this year as they could be considered to exclude some people and thereby offensive. Time and events will probably replace them as symbols of resistance, but they were still relevant yesterday. More important than what was worn was the message conveyed by individuals and the collective resistance.