On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The vibe in DC was somber to say the least. Along with all our friends and peers, we worried what would happen to the government programs and entities that he didn't believe in - like the EPA (yes, an entire agency!). Would scientific agencies still see support? Would the US maintain its foreign relationships? What about immigrants? What would happen to healthcare? There were so many unknowns. Our group of friends decided to rally around positivity, and take part in events in DC over the course of the weekend that supported some of the programs and ideas we value.
Nola and I spent inauguration at Vickie's house brunching and watching. Later that night, some of us attended a gala that donated proceeds to DC's local Planned Parenthood. Others in our friend circle gathered at different events over the course of the weekend. But everyone emphasized attendance at the main event: the Women's March. The day after Donald Trump's inauguration, over 500,000 people took the streets of DC to peacefully protest by joining the March. Nola and I were among them.
The marchers protested Trump and the beliefs and opinions he loudly voiced. I took Nola because this was too important to miss: a mass of people (in DC and cities across the country) came together to show support and stand up for THEIR causes and beliefs. And I want her to always do that, with confidence.