Since I was not able to attend the March in DC, I am joining virtually to stand up against the ableism, sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other -isms that are being encouraged in this new administration. The rhetoric is personally attacking people I care deeply about and thousands of others who share the same identities. It’s important for me to stand up because I want to live in a country where people don’t have to fear that they won’t be treated with respect.
My mental health was a primary factor that kept me from marching, but it won’t keep me from working toward a more just world. I was lucky to have a college experience that turned me into an activist and disability work is close to my heart, as I also experience chronic pain. I hope to dedicate my life toward teaching others about social change and leading others to change in the process.