Women's March 2018

I attended the Women's March in San Francisco for the second year in a row. I had a small amount of panic on my way to the Civic Center that there wouldn't be as strong of a turn out as the year before. I wanted this year to matter just as much as the previous had. I wanted reassurance that people had not become accepting that "insanity" was the new normal. When I reached city hall I was not disappointed. It seemed like there were even more people. A calmness washed over me followed by curiosity and excitement. People still care. 

One of the things I love about the Women's March is that its a place for so many people to voice themselves, their thoughts, their opinions. We're all different and passionate about a variety of causes, but this was one place where you could show up and share what matters to you. You could meet strangers who shared your same stance. In this crowd everyone was a friend. There's a lot of people out there who still care about people, this country, our world. 

When I reached the end of the march I couldn't stop thinking about a paragraph from Joan Didion's essay Self-Respect: its source, its power.

"In brief, people with self-respect exhibit a certain toughness, a kind of moral nerve; they display what was once called character, a quality which, although approved in the abstract, sometimes loses ground to other, more instantly negotiable virtues. The measure of its slipping prestige is that one tends to think of it only in connection with homely children and with United States senators who have been defeated, preferably in the primary, for re-election. Nonetheless, character—the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life—is the source from which self-respect springs."

These were the people who surrounded me today. People who are willing to accept responsibilities for their own lives. They showed up to share what matters to them and what we need to change. It is my hope that all these people and more will find inside them self-respect and show up again when it comes time to vote

Below are some of the images I took.

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