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Why I’m Marching in DC on Saturday

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Public Garden in Boston – Photo via Allie Kroner

My PussyHat is knitted, my sign is drying, and I’m ready to hop on the bus Saturday morning in Baltimore for the short ride to DC.

I struggled with the message I want to share at the Women’s March, and decided my friend’s sign in Barcelona, Spain was the perfect message. Gracias Barbara. In Spanish, she wrote “Build Bridges, Not Walls”.  The message is positive, simple and complex all in one. I asked my friends in Gaza to help me write the message in Arabic.

Palestinians know better than anyone the evil associated with walls, as Israel has perfected the process of division, humiliation, and death with the erection of “security” walls and fences. I don’t want America building walls — literally or figuratively. We must expand our spirit of generosity, build bridges at home and abroad, and grow our understanding and appreciation of each other.

Donald wants to build a physical wall, but he’s already succeeded in dividing Americans. I will do my part to resist Donald and shed the light on a different path.

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

We Were Made For These Times by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves

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Walls are the 21st century dinosaurs.   They are everywhere on the landscape today but they will fall and become extinct eventually.   Sometime in the future, I’m convinced people will examine these walls as oddities from a past reality.  Maybe not in my lifetime, but it will happen.

Obviously, walls are built to keep people and other things out, or in, as the case may be, but the bitter truth is that a wall —- any wall, anywhere —- victimizes people caught on both sides.   Both the wall builders and those they try to wall out are dehumanized.

Consider these three walls — in the US, Israel, and the remaining bit of the Berlin Wall.

Israel’s security wall
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Last remaining piece of the Berlin Wall
Elke Duerr

The folly of these adventures would be laughable if they weren’t so destructive.

Walls cannot keep out ideas.   Contrary to the popular myth, they can’t provide “security”.   They are useless vestiges of an old “us versus them” mindset which the new generation rising up around the world will not tolerate.   Walls are obsolete and the sooner our world leaders figure that out, the sooner we can make progress on the real issues that divide us.

Lora Lucero on the Great Wall of China 2009

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