I’m still coming down from my protest high and really thinking about how crazy it is that these winds…they are a changin’! Here in Texas, the winds are almost 50mph today. Speaking of windy…
I met Wendy Davis yesterday! #brag #butsrsly I’ve been talking about right-place-right-time kinda stuff, and here I was meeting her in Texas when I was supposed be in DC. I had a place to stay in DC and all the things lined up to make the trip and then I wound up in the Emergency Room with a potential uterine infection two days before I was supposed to go.
Why in the hell would my body do that to me?! And on the first day of the semester?! Welp, turns out, no uterine or blood infection. Whew! But I DO have several hemorrhagic cysts on my ovaries.
Yeah, my exact thoughts too:
MY LADY PARTS ARE ALLERGIC TO THIS BULLSHIT!
Alternative facts, my ass.
So, yesterday, as a part of my mental preparation for attending the Women’s March in Austin, I decided to jot out my list of reasons for #WhyIMarch as I sat in a breakfast cafe and counted the number of old white men that filled it. (There were 19 patrons in the entire cafe, including myself. Eighteen of them were old white men with some form of grey, white, or balding head and a variety of facial hair representations.) I sat alone at my table in Trump’s America still feeling terrified and shaken from the jolting message, written by Steve Bannon, that I’d witnessed at inauguration the day before.
I wrote them in no particular order.
I want to thank everyone everywhere in all of the world that marched on behalf of me and my children and my neighbors and my neighbors’ children yesterday. I cried a lot. I cried all over Wendy Davis. #brag
I now have hope where I was beginning to feel none.
Okay, without further ado:
Because I am a survivor of child abuse
Because I am a first generation college student
Because I have benefited from Planned Parenthood’s services
Because I spend more than 30% of my income on housing
Because I have been denied healthcare
Because I am a single mom
Because I am a teacher
Because the time is now to do what’s right
Because I am a survivor of domestic violence
Because I have had a miscarriage followed by an abortion procedure
Because I know my rights
Because I know my privileges
Because I know his privileges
Because I am a survivor of sexual assault
Because I was born to a teenager
Because I can
Because I did not have childcare assistance
Because of foreign interference
Because I said NO
Because voting is a right and not a privilege
Because of food insecurity
Because I am bisexual
Because I have been denied employment
Because I have been denied access
Because ketchup is considered a vegetable in schools
Because I did not have paid maternity leave
Because of bathrooms
Because others cannot
Because I have been sexually harassed
Because there was not free pre-K for my children
Because there is a product that exists called “sexy revolutionary war costume”
Because I was born into poverty
Because this is my body
Because climate change is real
Because it’s being taken away
Because of our morbidity and mortality rates
Because of human rights
Because of inequality
Because of the river
Because of justice
Because of democracy
Because of clean drinking water
Because of the school to prison pipeline
Because he has grabbed pussy
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