But recently, there's begun a transition...It began happening with the Million Women March in Washington, DC.
|NY Times photo|
The organizers of the March had suggested that people knit these hats as a somewhat gleeful way to say “NO” to the ugliness of misogyny.
Maybe It's not a million, but it's more people in one place than I have ever seen and over the years I've been to more than a few marches.
Everywhere I see signs. “Love Trumps Hate; Dump Trump; Not my President.”
I didn't know it at the time, but these simple words became my harbinger for a more sustainable activism.
Candles are passed out and we perform it for one another.
Volunteers with cam recorders circulate so that a YouTube video can be made.
It's quite inspiring.
Take a moment to see and listen for yourself.
(For a second 1:10, my friend Sally and I are on the stairs in a human chain from historic bell to singers below)
I continue attending All Souls. Along with so many others, we are discussing next steps and trying to figure it out. I know we are not alone. The same kind of discussions are happening across the Nation.
It's a relentless effort to meet false tweets with truthfulness; intolerance with understanding; and hate with love.
As Martin Luther King practiced and St. Paul wrote, “Don't be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21) For me that means letting go of post election anger and fear.
I was so proud to be an American while serving in the US Peace Corps. For two years in Ukraine and and another year in Macedonia, I served my Country. When I worked with people, I could tell that they respected America. But now?
As Henry David Thoreau once said and still says to us, “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
I guess it's time to get walking...again.