Women’s March Shows the Way

Women’s March Oakland, CA, January 21, 2017

“The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States marked commencement of the four-year term of Donald Trump as President …. An estimated 160,000 people attended the public ceremony held on Friday, January 20, 2017…. Along with being the oldest and wealthiest person inaugurated as president, he is the first without prior military or governmental service experience to hold the office…The inauguration was accompanied by protests in the United States and other countries.” Wikipedia

 

One day later, 2.6 million women marched in protest. I was among the thousands who marched in Oakland CA on this historic day, along with 4 generations of my family, extended family, many friends and colleagues. It seemed to me the whole city was in the street despite the cold and threat of rain. Those in buildings along the march route hung bannners, waved signs, banged on pots and cheered in support. Occasionally a policeman posed for a photo, donning a pink hat, symbols of Women’s fight back demanding respect from the new regime. At the end of the march my daughter found a shop that still had pink yarn so she could crochet us beautiful caps to keep our heads warm and inspire us to create a new and better world.

The next morning I wrote this two-part poem:

January 21, 2017, Oakland, California. Jessica X. Garcia (L) and Nina Serrano (R) on Women’s March holding silkscreen posters by local artists from the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco.

Women of the World March  
January 21, 2017

By Nina Serrano

Women of the world
march in the name of Love
compassion inclusion and equality
Pushing strollers walkers and raising our voices
Texting each other in 600 cities
One foot in front of the other
To stop
fascism sexism racism homophobia misogyny xenophobia
and the continuing pollution of Mother Earth
Pink hats on premenstrual and post-menopausal heads
Babes in arms or on Dad’s shoulders learning
that freedom is a constant struggle
of a lifetime

 

Women of the World March
January 22, 2017

The morning after the women of the world marched
We remembered the 2011 Arab Spring protests
and the aftermath of a bombed-out
conflicted Arab world
So we know our daily work of resistance
and knitting together a new vision
has to continue
on computers phones streets
classrooms buses trains malls and kitchens
Demonstrating compassion kindness
Love and strength in our smiles
to realize our New Year’s resolutions
in action

© Nina Serrano 2017

About Nina Serrano: Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 82 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.com or contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, paulrichards@estuarypress.com or visit estuarypress.com for more details.

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