Laurie Williams

58-year old woman with glasses and long brown hair sitting on a balance ball behind her squirming puppy.

I would love to march in the Women’s March, for I find just about everything about this new administration appalling.   I worry about the normalization of misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and profiteering by government officials.  I would march to protest the nomination of various cabinet members whom I believe will together or separately add to or accelerate a climate of bigotry and intolerance, while hastening the destruction of the environment, the institution of public (and not for-profit) education, and the possibility of affordable housing, and affordable, single-payer health care for all.

I am joining the Disability March because I have multiple autoimmune conditions (Hashimoto’s for over 35 years) and fatigue, as well as osteoarthritis of the knee resulting from a torn ACL at the age of 17 (forty-one years later, my knee is bone-on-bone). If I were better able to manage my arthritis, and especially my autoimmune response and fatigue, I would be marching for the dignity of and value inherent in and due all people  – regardless of sex, race, country of origin, gender-preference, religious affiliation, political creed, economic status/class, or disability.

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