Why Did You March?

Photograph by Mike Lindle (Featured on #lustlocaldc Tag Feed

Photograph by Mike Lindle (Featured on #lustlocaldc Tag Feed

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
— THE PREAMBLE 1787

I'm going to preface this with, I didn't march I had to work (I'm also not the best writer so bare with me, please.) I would have love to have been marching with the hundreds of thousands in DC,  and in solidarity with the millions of women and men who took to the streets across the world. What were the reasons for marching exactly? Well here's the curious thing and to borrow from Jay-Z... for 99 problems, and choice is just one. 

The reasons to march are infinite, I know this because I asked, I asked A LOT of people.  I asked these people because after logging on to social media and reading the attacks that focused on only ONE issue I just had to know why everyone else marched, because choice wasn't mine.  All of the people are strangers to each other, but some how weaved back to me.  In the mere hours of me asking I am incredibly moved by all of the answers which they have graciously allow me to use for this piece. For this I am forever grateful. 

The question asked was "Why did you March?"

From the Feed of Mamast_em using the hashtag #lustlocaldc

From the Feed of Mamast_em using the hashtag #lustlocaldc

I marched for the future of my children. For my daughter to never feel like she’s not equal to a man, and for my son to see other men that act with love and compassion.
— Emily (Mother, Yoga 200 RTY, Dancer, Doula)
I marched because it was never a question. I had to show up for women. And show up for people of color, the disabled, undocumented immigrants and a countless list of other groups that need to be seen, heard and advocated for.
— Taylor (DC Creator)
From the Feed of Annalcburns using the hashtag #lustlocaldc

From the Feed of Annalcburns using the hashtag #lustlocaldc

Man, so many reasons: climate change is real, my body my decisions, and America = nation of immigrants. I marched because one day I want a woman to pick up where Hillary left off. I marched because we deserve gender equity and because we’ve come way too far to start going backwards.
— Anna (Seriously cool person I follow on Instagram...but would love to be frans with if she's accepting applications.)
I marched because I believe liberals have been asleep for too long and it’s time to wake up, be activated & stand up for our rights & those whose rights are threatened by this orange pumpkin masquerading as our president.
— Kalsoom (Dog Mom, Start Up Guru, knows a not so great pumpkin when she sees one)
From the feed of livprinz

From the feed of livprinz

Hey! WOW. Loaded question, I have tons of reasons I marched...but if I had to wrap it all up - I marched for eternal peace, love, and happiness for not only my friends and family - but the world as a whole. To me - I didn’t march against Donald Trump or against the Republican Party (because I don’t really associate with a political party)...but I marched to physically put forth the first steps of moving forward. Moving forward towards creativity and togetherness. There was something about the physicality of the march that was really special - at one point I closed my eyes in the middle of 500,000 women and took a deep breath. It was so magical I freaking swear! Historic and something I’ll always remember for sure.
— Olivia (Creative Director, Dream Chaser)

Question Refresh: "WHY DID YOU MARCH"

I marched because I support equality. Gender equality, racial equality and every other kind! I’m a feminist in the simplest definition of the word- equal rights for both females and males. I marched because I support kindness and love and it’s threatened with our current administration ✌🏻✌🏽
— Sophie (Yogi, Runner, Original Rump Shaker?)
I marched in protest of an inexperienced entertainer who has openly insulted and degraded women and bragged about attempted sexual assault, being elected president in place of the most experienced candidate to ever run for office, a politician who would have been the first female president. I marched for my fellow sisters who fear for their reproductive rights, and yearn for wage equality. I marched for my family, Iranian immigrants who want to be see as American citizens, not registered muslims. I marched to remind my country, and myself, that collective resistance and action can still prove powerful- that solidarity can sing stronger than fear.
— Iman (Musician, Yogi, Rad Lady Friend, Georgetown Student, Former HRC Campaign Intern)
I marched because there are people in this country who downplay the effects of the hate and indifference and their presence in our government. I want them to know how many of us believe those things are real and are willing to stand against them. I marched because I want the people who feel threatened - newly, by this administration, and historically - to know they are not alone. I marched because I wanted to be surrounded by people unafraid to identify as feminists and support my rights.
— Kelsey (The baddest chick in the game)

I asked a Woman who Marched in a Deeply RED STATE 

Courtney.

Courtney.

So I’ve been thinking a lot about my place as a woman lately, with the discussions going on between white feminists and feminists of color. It’s a long story that I won’t go into but basically, I grew up not really understanding if people consider me to be white or a woman of color. And while it has been very confusing for me because I’ve never known my “place,” I don’t think it matters anymore. I have been sexually abused, I have marched into Planned Parenthood after circling the block several times to avoid the protester standing out front as well as my own fear, believing that I was in need of an abortion. I’ve experienced uncertainty about the direction of my career because I’m a woman. But none of that compares to the fight that other women fight every day. I think everyone should be free from abuse, hate crimes, sexual assault, and rape culture. I think women should be given equal opportunities when they’re choosing to grow their families or taking time off to prevent that from happening.
— Courtney (Designer, Creative)

And finally I asked MEN WHY THEY MARCHED 

Donald Trumps rhetoric is disrespectful and divisive and it can’t be normalized.
I marched for the strong women who raised me, for those who feels marginalized, for those who are striving to better their lives. I owe it to my parents for their sacrifices, I owe it to this country for its generosity... I think it’s my duty to gives others the opportunities my family and I were given and to fight for a more respectful, equal and inclusive society.
— Binh (Incredible man I had the honor of calling my Service Fraternity Brother)
From the feed of mikelindle using the hashtag #lustlocaldc

From the feed of mikelindle using the hashtag #lustlocaldc

Unconditional freedom is needed in this country. And equal opportunity is a constitutional priority

— Mike (Photographer, took the incredible photo we used to start this post)

I'm overwhelmed by all the responses of these incredible people.  Even though I wasn't physically there on Saturday and mere blocks away I never felt like I wasn't. When I started asking the question people asked me back.  Again, I didn't march but I'm going to answer why I would have and why I will continue to carry with me through this administration and beyond. 

I’m probably as progressive and dare I say as liberal as can be. I am a first generation Hispanic American who has grown up in a world of privilege a little different than most of my ethnicity in this country. For me the march was about equality and setting a standard in this county that no man or woman is forgotten. That we are all deserving of every chance that is out in the world and have the right to grab it equally. I will continue to march for the millions of Americans, my mother with a preexisting condition included, who now have access to affordable healthcare for their life threatening conditions. I will continue to march for my three year old niece who has the right to an outstanding education that is now threatened by an ignorant woman who lacks the experience necessary to guide the education system in this country. I will march for the press, the press who will we need to keep the story the straight because if we know one thing for certain on day 3, is that this administration is going to be limiting and forthcoming. And I will march for myself, a woman of color whose gender, political views and ethnicity has been continuously targeted by a bombastic predator who now sits in the most respected seat in this country.

Look you can take my views and chalk up them up however you want, but I ask you to be mindful and respectful of those who graciously shared because if you understood this article correctly, you know that it was about representing many of the problems WE as a nation have and are facing every single day. 

All the best, 

DM 

Please share you reasons in the comment section below!

Photo Via Mike Lindle, Built to Roam