Why I march
By Sue Beachman
Published Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:35 am
After reading several letters to the editor concerning confusion about The Women's March on Washington and writers' confusion on why a march was deemed necessary, I reflected on my own reasons for resisting this president and his administration.
1. I march because on the average 93 Americans die every day in gun-related deaths. There have been 37 terrorist deaths in America in the last 16 years. I march for common sense gun laws that prohibit gun sales to people who should not have guns.
2. I march for a woman's right to free and affordable birth control. The abortion rate has fallen to its lowest rate since Roe v Wade. Free birth control is our biggest weapon against abortion.
3. I march because this president scares me with his fascination for Russia. Why are we not more alarmed as citizens that our voting was hacked by this hostile country and why does this president constantly defend Russia?
4. I march for clean water and clean air. Abolishing the EPA results in more Flint, Michigans, and endangers us all.
5. I march for our national parks and BLM lands. I march to protect these lands for my children and grandchildren.
6. I march for immigrants who seek help, love and safety within our borders. I march for the Iranian baby denied entry on his way for lifesaving surgery.
7. I march for the dignity of women, the disabled, veterans, immigrants and the disadvantaged. I do believe that John McCain is a warrior and a hero, women deserve respect, and the disabled are not to be mocked.
8. I march for a free press. Our president degrades the press in his effort to manipulate us all away from truth.
9. I march for economic fairness. Simply put, the very rich do not pay their fair share.
10. And I march as a protest for the hateful speech and actions that have swept our country because of this president. I march for justice and human dignity.