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Jen and I are both marching this weekend and want to share our reasons behind this. As many of you know, Anneal is a woman owned company that strives to do work that empowers the disenfranchised, gives options to the underserved, and furthers health and happiness for all.

Through our work with Anneal we have helped to bring digital literacy skills to people across the United States, made information about land rights available to women across the world, are working to make legal information and knowledge understandable and accessible for self represented litigants in Colorado, and are working to increase medical access for rural and underserved communities in Texas. It only makes sense that Anneal would take a stand and march among our fellow Americans to ensure that no harm comes to those we have been working so hard to support.

Below you will find each of our #WhyIMarch stories. We also created a pinterest board with march signs that speak to us. We hope that we may be able to build understanding through our words and maybe even inspire others, as so many have done for us, as we struggle to ensure equality and a safe and prosperous future for all. Please consider supporting the march in your community and supporting the organizations that can help ensure that we do not become a country run by misogyny, xenophobia, racism, homophobia or any other form of bigotry or hatred. Some suggestions of organizations that you could make donations to or volunteer for are Planned Parenthood, ACLU, or HRC.

Jamie’s Why I March

I will be in Atlanta this weekend for the American Library Association’s midwinter conference, which means that I will be lucky enough to join an amazing collection of library and information professionals while we march from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to the Georgia state capitol. I am happy to march alongside them because my time working in and with libraries has shown me how important libraries are in building community, supporting equality, and fostering dialog. Many library workers are the embodiment of the love and support that our communities need to build a stronger and more diverse country based on equality and acceptance.

 

I am also fortunate to have my husband and son join me on this important day. My son is eight and is in love with history. We will go to the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights during the trip. But the most important thing we can do as parents, is to not just teach him about history and civil rights, but to take a stand for them now and always. Being a part of this march will expose him to the power of standing up for what is right and building community around that. Not only will he study history, he will become an active participant in it.

Jen’s Why I March

While Jamie is in Atlanta, I’ll be marching in the Women’s March on Washington in Washington, D.C.. When I first decided to march, it was because my close friend invited me to join her family and I was excited to have something to look forward to after my despair at the election results. Knowing that I had a couple of months before the march, I gave myself permission to contemplate and prepare myself for whatever a Trump presidency may bring. I needed some space to process and grieve.

 

As a woman and a minority I’ve spent most of my life trying to work within the system and it’s time to stand up and let the world know that the system isn’t working for me and so many others out there. I don’t know exactly how I will contribute to this movement, but I’m hopeful that during this long weekend, I will meet a lot of people, gather different ideas, and find inspiration for what to do next. This march is when I begin to act.

 

So, if you are marching this weekend, just know that I’m walking along side you in spirit! And if marching isn’t your thing, remember that there are many ways to participate and contribute to change in the world. We all find our path in our own time.

We’ll provide some post-March updates, but if you want to see what we see on January 21st follow Jen and Jamie on Instagram.