As I reflect on 2016 and plan for 2017, I find myself unable to reconcile the election and the impact of what a (he who shall not be named) presidency will mean for many Americans. I would like to think I did all that I can to help get Hillary elected but based on results it is clear I could have done more.
On January 20, 2017, many Americans will enter a phase of new challenges the likes which we probably didn't think were possible. The President-elect’s promise to be the “law & order” candidate will most likely be accompanied by laws and policies that incentivize targeting the indigent and disenfranchised. His Cabinet picks will likely push an agenda that targets LGBT people and undocumented people. He’s taken advantage of hard working Americans at every stage of his career and will continue to do so throughout his Presidency. His Secretary of State pick will promote policies that will do irreparable damage to our environment. And that’s just the beginning.
I read somewhere, “No one person can change the world, but we can each do our part.”
I'm from Harlem. I live to run. What can I do?
Well, it's no secret that this incoming Administration and Congress have a target on women's right to choose and women’s health. There will never come a time that I look back and wonder, “what could I have done to protect that right?”.
On January 16, 2017, MLK Day, I (and a small team) will begin a 240-mile run from Harlem to Washington DC in an effort to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood and the awesome power of women. (To put it into context, we'll be running roughly two NYC Marathons each day). We will arrive in DC on January 20th to join all of our powerful, beautiful, and courageous sisters in the Women's March. There will be four of us running, but we’ll be running for all of us.
If you would like to support Planned Parenthood and our run, please donate here (we are hoping to raise $44,000 in honor of the 44th President, Barack Hussein Obama).
Please join us along the route. We would love to run through your city with you, and will be sure to carry the baton of hope and health all the way to our nation's capitol.
I can't do much, but I CAN do this. See you in DC.
~ Alison (aka @powderedfeet)
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