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Letter to the editor: Women’s March was uplifting

On Saturday, Jan. 21, I drove with 3 other women to Montpelier for the Women’s March. On our way traveling south on I-89, we noticed the traffic slowing down to a crawl. We were very lucky and had the chance to get off at the Middlesex exit and onto Route 2. We made it to Montpelier. Luckily we found a parking spot and walked to Montpelier High School to join the thousands bound for the State House.
Here are some of the lessons and messages that I read on posters. I share them with you in poetic form:
Human Kind, Be Both
Still, we rise.
Toddlers for Tolerance
Love & Respect
Never normalize hate.
Love is love is love is love . . .
Hope, not Carnage
 
Rise up, women, for the fight is hard and long;
Rise up in thousands, singing loud a battle song.
Right is might & in strength we shall be strong
And the cause goes marching on. Theodora Mills
 
I will choose love.
Refugees are welcome. 
Black lives matter. 
Beloved Community
March against hate.
A woman’s place is wherever she wants to be.
 
My great-grandmother was a suffragette.
I am a feminist.
My daughters will change the world.
 
A woman’s place is in the revolution.
Girls’ rights are human rights.
Local Love Brigade
Wonder women unite.
Nasty Woman
We’ve come too far. United, we stand.
Our rights are not up for grabs. Neither are we.
If not us, then who? If not now, then when? (John Lewis) 
Human rights are NOT negotiable. 
Stronger Together
 
Gender Justice
Racial Justice
Economic Justice
 
They go low. We go high.
Stop the lunatic fringe. 
Don’t make America hate again.
We cannot all succeed when 1/2 of us are held back.
Make America smart again.
VOICE
Make America equal for once.
Don’t trumple our rights.
 
Respect existence 
OR
Expect resistance.
 
Love, not hate, makes America great. 
Real men support real women.
We are many.
We, too, sing America.
Still we rise.
Snatch the power.
 
Our Bodies
Our Minds
Our Power
 
I stand with Planned Parenthood.
I am with her. (Now imagine an image of our Earth.)
A livable climate is handy. 
One nation, indivisible, with liberty & justice for ALL
Don’t blame each other. Blame Greed.
Women are the majority.
Hell hath no fury like 157 million women scorned.
Men of quality respect gender equality. 
You can try to divide. We will rise and unify. 
We stand on the side of love. 
Rise up. Reject hate.
A call a day, keeps the fascists at bay: 202-225-3121
(to reach your Senators and Congressmen)
Law Professors for Hope
Power concedes nothing without a demand.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
Patricia Heather-Lea
Bristol

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