#Why I march

Back in November, after the presidential election and a tumultuous number of days in which I just

A column by Susan Bromley
A column by Susan Bromley

wanted to take cover from all the anger and the gloating and the sniping that was taking place from every side, I began writing a column of reconciliation.

Writing is therapy for me and how I come to grips with events that are happening in the world.

But I never finished the column, because just as President-elect Donald Trump couldn’t stop Tweeting, I couldn’t make peace with what was happening.

So a few dark months have passed, I’ve done a lot of reading, I’ve kept quiet as I’ve tried to make sense of all the chaos and still been more and more disturbed by what I see as a general lack of civility in society. My silence was not in accord with one of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Then, a couple weeks ago, my spirit was revived as I decided I would attend the Women’s March on Washington, DC this Saturday.

I’m not doing this to further “divide” our country as has been suggested by people critical of the march. I’m not crying or stomping my feet because the candidate I voted for didn’t win.

I am actually finally celebrating some things in the wake of the election of a man who has attacked my profession over and over again. I am celebrating my right to be heard, my right to protest, my right to stand up for what I believe, my right to exercise the First Amendment.

This will be the first time in my life I’ve ever marched. I will be there with my daughter, my cousin, and thousands of others, many of whom share the same ideologies as me, many who do not.

I’m celebrating our right to have different views and still have common goals. We all will have our own reasons for marching. The exciting part is that we are seeking to peacefully find common ground and work together to retain and improve our rights. Finally, I’m taking action!

I am excited to go and hear the stories of all the people and then share those stories with you because I believe everyone has a story and the world can’t be viewed only through our own experiences, we must be open to different views. I march in my own shoes, not in the shoes of another. Only they can say why they are marching, but here is why I march:

I march to unite, not divide.

I march for you and your rights, regardless of who you voted for.

I march because our bodies, our minds, and our rights aren’t up for grabs.

I march because I am a journalist and a citizen who believes in Free Speech and Freedom of the Press and I know the importance of the media in keeping those in power accountable and educating the electorate.

I march because I believe in the importance of a quality public education that is accessible to all, not the chosen few.

I march because affordable healthcare should be available to all.

I march because even in 2017, women don’t always receive equal pay for equal work.

I march to educate myself on those whose stories differ from mine, and to bring those stories to you who might not otherwise know these stories without a free press.

I’m taking the first step in what now feels to me like a march toward light. Yes, our country may be divided, but we still have the power in all of us to make it whole, to be heard, to make it better.

I am one voice of many. We all have something different to say, we all do better when we listen and respect the other voices and fight for their right to be heard as well.

I am silent no more.

I march for me, I march for you, I march for America, I march for a better world, I march for humanity.

Wherever you may be, this weekend and in all the days ahead, please join me in this march that never ends.

 

5 Responses to "#Why I march"

  1. Kristin Brown   January 20, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I am so very proud of you, Susie. Thank you for being present and representing your older family members & friends that wanted to be there but for whatever reasons, couldn’t. You and your daughter are yet another two generations of strong women. The “MARCH” will continue, Until. Again, thank you.

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  2. Steve Yuchasz   January 20, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Excellent article and very well written. No matter which side of the political Spectrum you hail from, this applies. Thank you.

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  3. Jonathan Schechter   January 21, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Your words are thoughtful and rich with inspiration and hope. March proudly Susan, and the words of Darrow march with all of you. “As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.” – Clarence Darrow

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  4. Tamara Carden   January 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I did not go to the Women’s March, I had to read about it, watch videos, and listen to the various accounts. Sounds like the millions of women who chose not to attend really did not miss much. Here is the summation: Foul mouthed aging performers speaking, signs literally everywhere with lewd and vulgar proclamations, the usual round of “bigotry” and “xenophobia” accusations and pro-abortion mentality prevailing. Um, no thanks. Not all women were represented by this Soros-funded group of malcontents. Go be proud of yourself for taking part in this cesspool. You wrote a repetitive “I march because . . .” fill-in-the blank liberal protest chant. How boring. Long on the typical liberal sermonizing, short on anything original. Sorry. Fed up with liberal sanctimony. God Bless.

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  5. Barry Craig   January 28, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I was surprised to see so much coverage again this week in The Citizen. No matter how intentioned the march may have been, the results were so degrading to women. Women have and deserve much more dignity than what was on display. I would hope that as much mention would be given to the The March for Life on 1/27 in DC, where crowds that eclipsed the size of this march with an atmosphere of joy and hope and true respect for all life was display. In His Peace.

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