Don’t Be Afraid

Protesters chant at the Women’s March rally in Redwood City, California.

Attending rallies and protests in my country is a new thing to me. When abroad on election monitoring gigs, though, I am always on the lookout for them. See this blog post for an example of one I attended in Macedonia. When I watch films where there are such gatherings, especially ones about or from the “politically active” 60s, I feel a longing to attend and be a part of something communal. But when the rare opportunity arises, apathy takes over, a deep fear of being let down by the indifference that the US is slathered in.

This rally was easy for me to attend as it took place a mere ten minute walk from my apartment on the San Francisco peninsula. As I walked through the crowds, the words from the speakers on the stage were emotionally amplified by the audience. Apathy was not present.

How can we as a nation sustain this engagement? Last night an old friend of mine who is currently reporting on the first 100 days of Trump put as his status on Facebook “Is the resistance real?” From what I have seen personally and in the news, it is. Time will tell if we have the stamina to stay the course.

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