January 21, 2017
Today I marched down the streets of Downtown Los Angeles with 750,000 of my fellow brothers and sisters. I witnessed how people came together as a response to hate; I sang, I danced, I chanted, I smiled at strangers and I was overwhelmed by all of the love.
I’ve done a lot of complaining these last couple of months; I’ve made Facebook rants, I’ve argued with strangers on twitter and I’ve made my feelings clear on Instagram. When the opportunity came to actually DO SOMETHING with my frustration, I just couldn’t pass it up. So, I woke up early on a Saturday and prepared to not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk. I put a crown on my head (Really. #WarriorPrincess), I wore a women empowerment shirt, I flashed my biggest smile and I had a heart full of love as I walked out the door. (The Universe is hilarious with its irony; while I prepared for the Women’s March, my body was rebelling against me with painful cramps and a period that refused to slow the flow. TMI?)
I decided to participate in the Women’s March of 2017 because my mother came to the United States back in 1988; as an illegal immigrant, she was hopeful that this country would be able to provide her children with a wonderful life. I marched because my mother is a perfect example of a Boss Lady; her strength knows no bounds, her love is transcendent and she constantly perseveres. I marched because my niece deserves a world where she can thrive. I marched because my nephews need to understand the importance of equal rights. I marched because it’s my body and my choice. I marched because Donnie Trump is a threat to everything we’ve worked so hard to overcome. I marched because I refuse to be afraid.
I marched because I am a Mexican American, bisexual who survived sexual assault.
This march was historic but it is only the beginning! I will continue to speak up and I will constantly take steps to empower other women. I am grateful for the women who are in my inner circle. Today I got to march with two of my closest friends; we smiled at the children within the crowd, we laughed at the hysterical signs and we stood up for what we believe in. Yesterday I felt hopeless and today I feel completely EMPOWERED.