Women's March - January 21, 2017

This is what democracy looks like! This is what it looks like when women organize. This is what civic engagement is all about and the Women's March and movement is giving greater voice to, what I am hopeful will be, a better informed, more involved electorate - with more women stepping up to the plate in leadership roles.
I was in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 21, and I can tell you that the energy is palpable, the concerns are real, and the drive to do something is there. It was a joyful, empowering day. I had never marched in a crowd of that size and from what I saw those attended were polite, respectful friendly and helpful. Even when the crowd got so tight in the streets, and I started to get nervous, we looked out for each other, which to me is the overriding theme. We must look out for each other, even on issues that do not impact us personally, as our freedom is intertwined with one another's.

The first 100 days of the new administration will be very important and I urge everyone to call your Congressmen and women, (202) 224-3121, to let your voices be heard. Start by urging your Senators and Representatives to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. It's unconscionable that in 2017 women lack the same protections as men under the U.S. Constitution.

Become involved in civic groups, your local party, organize with friends and family. If everyone committed to at least a couple hours a month to civic engagement, we would get that much closer to a more perfect union. This is our government, "We The People", and the policies put forth must benefit the people, not discriminate, alienate, exclude and burden.

After participating in that historic march on that amazing day, I am filled with hope and enthusiasm for America.
    - Deb Yonick, President, YCFDW