These first two weeks of January mark swearing-in ceremonies of our newly elected officials in every community of our nation. From the 116th United States Congress to Ohio’s 70th Governor and throughout at all levels of government, much of our leadership has changed.
The peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy and a testament to the will of the people.
The peaceful protest of power is also a hallmark of our democracy and a testament to the passion of the people.
Whether or not your candidate was elected, what issues or policies matter most to you? And, if the newly elected leaders agree or disagree with your beliefs, how will you let them know?
Two years ago, I marched in DC at the Women’s March. It was one of the most patriotic experiences that I’ve ever had. I’ll never forget standing at the Lincoln Memorial with marchers and inauguration attendees, reading his famous quote, “With malice toward none, with charity for all … ”
People of all walks of life were at the march — elderly in wheelchairs and toddlers in strollers, women of color and women who look like me, men in pink hats and women in hijabs, those speaking foreign languages and those beating drums — the cacophony of people was overwhelming. Afterwards, we were in awe when we saw on the news that marches took place on every continent including Antarctica.
Two years later, women’s marches are scheduled for this Saturday, January 19. Will you gather if you agree with the cause? If you don’t agree, how will you peacefully make your voice heard?
Our democracy depends on it.
Article by: Kerri Laubenthal Mollard, Founder & CEO