April 28th: Heading to Washington D.C. –
I find myself traveling to our Capitol to join tens of thousand (might it be hundreds of thousands??) of sisters and brothers marching in solidarity on the White House tomorrow morning with the People's Climate March (PCM) as one unified, beautifully diverse voice.
I read today's email from the super-adept PCM organizing team as I began my journey from NH to DC and was taken by surprise when I welled up reading about the plan to surround the White House staging a second 100 days sit-in, accompanied by a unified chest-drumming, simulating the human heart. In the thick of the multitude of daily tasks to support grassroots action, it's easy for me to lose connection with the urgent threats and fights communities have been facing for hundreds of years and which are now so clearly manifesting with the climate disruption we've sowed.
Having these moments to regroup from the hectic day-to-day of leading an organization that is seeking to fund and catalyze grassroots environmental and social justice innovation and risk-taking, is a gift. I'm deeply humbled to be joining thousands of frontline grassroots leaders, indigenous people and communities of color, demanding action. And the brilliant, passionate youth demanding we stop selling and bankrupting their futures. And the fellow mothers, aching over the explanations and apologies we must give our children for the legacy they're inheriting. And colleagues from labor, demanding a Just Transition to livable wages through a new economic model that value people, communities and our earth.
I look forward to sharing more reflections as the day unfolds and as my mind is challenged, my heart is opened and my spirit is buoyed. We hope you'll share YOUR climate march stories through blog submissions or on our Facebook page, wherever you find yourself gathering, marching, singing and aligning