Time has passed since the election and the Women’s March, the flurry of images from both have begun to dwindle as other news catches peoples eyes. The fight against injustice shouldn’t end when it’s no longer in the media spotlight. If anything, when it becomes less talked about is when we need to rally together with even more vigor.
I’ve been thinking lots about this as of late. I began feeling hopeless, like it was all out of my control. Then I went to a rally at NYU hosted the Muslim Student Union to discuss and show our support to those impacted by the ban and the threat of the wall. As we left, I finally understood the driving force within me, that as small as I may feel, still puts me out there rallying and educating myself; I realized that feeling helpless, and letting that distract you, is abuse of privilege. If you are able to turn a blind eye, all the more reason for you to be out there supporting our friends who don’t have the luxury of moving on.
No matter how scary the government seems, or how out of reach change appears, we need to show up for all those being blatantly discriminated upon. So that no matter how the future turns out, at least the whole of america is against those endangered by the government.
I’m urging you to find a way to continue to fight the fight:
Call representatives, smaller changes are easier to make.
Educate yourself further than just reading a headline.
Give direct verbal support to your friends who’re being impacted.
Keep talking about it. Keep discussing. Get your family and peers involved.
Take care of yourself. Be a shoulder to lean on, and find friends who’ll be there to support you as well.
Photos by: Sofia Perri
Don’t let them say you can’t
Don’t allow them to silence your voice
Never let them see your tears
You’re allowed to make a choice
For the disabled
Speak for those they muted
Be the face of a generation
A new era of equality undisputed
Let light brighten all darkness
Let love reign over clouds
Their words cannot define you
Because you can shout yours loud
For the girls all over the world
For the boys who must understand
You were given a purpose today
you can do what no one else can
The crowd is bigger than yesterday
Our hope made it out alive
Justice and peace is not too much
And we will do more than survive
Our worldly opinions may differ
We may never see eye to eye
But when did we get so divided
In our stillness the demons hide
Mutual respect is all we want
And it seems damn near impossible
But with a little love and compassion
Nothing is an obstacle
They want to change the world
Words by: Mikaela
Photos by: Breann M.
Photos by: Clare Mills
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Photos by: Brooklyn
Photos by: Emelia Arbouine
I attended a Women’s March just a town over from me. There were about 1000 people there, which is a lot for that small area. Everyone was so kind. People were making friends with everyone around them, no matter their race, gender, or sexuality. There was so much love. I felt overwhelmed with it. I felt so proud to be there, to be standing up for what I believe in. I even saw a principal from one of the schools on my campus there, as well as some people from my school. That was extremely cool (for lack of a better word).
It was also inspiring to see so many young kids there. There are so many people raising their kids to love everyone. It’s important to let kids know that they can be anything they want to be, even president. The future really is about the kids. Our generation will be the one to change the world. We will change mindsets, and pop the bubbles some people are living in. There was one boy, who at only 12 years old, was so educated. He gave an incredible speech in front of everyone, and it was so moving.
We even got so much support from others passing by. Women and men honked their horns, cheered, clapped, and thanked us. Now it is my turn to thank everyone. Thank you to the women who organized the event in my area. I never felt so empowered. Thank you to all the women who marched, all over the world. Thank you to the men who marched with us. Thank you to those who spoke up. Thank you to anyone who believes in this cause, and who believes in equality. Together, a change will be made.
Words by: Jessica C.
Photos by: Alma Lejard
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