I am a very senior citizen, sharing why I attended the rally on Jan. 21 in Cedaredge, its version of the women's march.
I went because I needed desperately to connect with other women for moral support because I am very afraid of the world situation, because of this last election. I am afraid of another war. I am afraid of losing the things that allow me to be healthy and independent, Social Security and Medicare. I am afraid of losing the clean water and air, the threats to the access to government lands unspoiled by drilling and mining and clear cutting. I am afraid of the loss of a good public school system, I am afraid for my neighbors who were born elsewhere but who contribute a lot to our economy. I have grown children who have worked hard to earn their way and need these things as well.
Spending time with the women (and men as well) who turned out that day was helpful. I believe the seeds of a powerful movement were sewn that day. I was given a bit of hope. I will march again and wear my pink hat with pride.