My son woke me up early this morning to help him with his ROTC uniform. Newly hemmed pants, starched, creased, and pressed. Looking so sharp for a kid who hates to comb his hair and doesn’t care if his tshirt is wrinkled. So much hope and promise in the eyes of our youth…our future.
Then I remembered what day it was…
I watched my boy head off to school, knowing he was going to be home later than usual, due to his community service. I’m always so proud of him, even though he drives me crazy (as teens are wont to do). Yesterday’s “Day of Action” rallies in both Newark and Perth Amboy were rousing successes, and I was so excited for my (not so) little man to be a part of it. He looked so serious holding his “Defend the D.R.E.A.M.” sign, while various and sundry community members voiced their support of “sanctuary schools”, and safe havens for all students, regardless of race, religion, sexuality, or creed.
With the incoming governmental travesty occurring on this day, January 20th, 2017, I cannot help but be anxious…I cannot help but worry…I cannot feel safe in a country that values the rights of corporations and guns, over the rights of the people therein. To see so many people oppressed, profiled, mocked and ridiculed for their beliefs…for the color of their skin. What our president-elect does not understand is that which makes us different, makes us strong. Diversity is power, and people are key. We are stronger together.
I will stand with you, brothers and sisters. An injustice to one is an injustice to all, and I will happily fight at your side. I will take your hand, and together we will weather not only this storm, and any storms that loom ominously on the horizon. I will not stand idly by while people are harmed in the name of “new government”. I will not be silent while injustice occurs. I will never be still. I will never allow hatred, racism, misogyny, or any other misdeed to become commonplace in my presence. So long as I have breath in my body, I will lift you up. We are one, and we aren’t going anywhere.
Viva la Revolución!