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Women’s March

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.

Attend rallies.

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.

-Cybelle

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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

March on

For the disabled

Speak for those they muted

Be the face of a generation

A new era of equality undisputed

March on

Let light brighten all darkness

Let love reign over clouds

Their words cannot define you

Because you can shout yours loud

March on

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

March on

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

March on

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

March on

Mutual respect is all we want

And it seems damn near impossible

But with a little love and compassion

Nothing is an obstacle

March on

They want to change the world

March on

Words by: Mikaela

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Photos by: Breann M.

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Photos by: Clare Mills

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Photos by: Alice W.

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Photos by: Rosie G.

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Photos by: Jaye Kallan

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Photos by: Tuesday L.

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Photos by: Gillian Jones

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Photos by: Brooklyn

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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.

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Photos by: Alma Lejard

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Photo by: Maya Dangerfield

Photos by: Brianna Molina

Thank you to everyone who submitted.

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  2. Today I attended a march against Trumps muslim ban in Manchester, England and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’d always been interested in politics but was so ignorant to what ACTUALLY was going on, this year I’ve researched and expanded my horizons to form personal opinions and ideas for change. Attending the march today was so beautiful and empowering!! Although being from the UK may not to seem to be as influenced as America by Trump, his global impact is so strong and I stand against it to help the world and help America. Change was never made through silence and we sure aren’t keeping silent, we can’t give up!

    Infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

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  3. So thankful to have attended a women’s march and be a part of an amazing movement. Thank you for including me in this post.

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  4. I’m heartbroken I didn’t get to attend a women’s march … but I’m proud, so proud, of the entire world. These photos, these words, are everything. Women are everything. I have never been more proud to be alive, to be a woman, to be fighting back. I’m so full of love right now.

    Abby | https://seafoaming.com

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