People marched on 1/21. These are their stories: Jane Cottrell

There was no real thinking about why to march but it was a clear imperative.

I have never been political. I thought that I was not sophisticated enough, or that being political takes a certain kind of intelligence that I don’t have. 2016 changed that. There was no real thinking about why to march but it was a clear imperative. I notified my neighbor about out local march and we agreed that on the day she would pick me up at a certain time. The day came. At the appointed hour my neighbor pulled into my driveway with her car already full of people: two friends of hers, and the 10-year-old son of one of them. We drove to pick up another friend of hers, along with her two sons. The eight of us proceeded to the site of the walk. I don’t know about the others, but I was dumbstruck. I had never seen anything like that -- the energy! The walk route was a bridge, and traversing the bridge outbound we could already see the walkers returning. We could actually watch the parade we were in. We saw our friends and were friends with people we saw. I have never experienced anything like that, nor have I ever expressed myself politically outside of the voting booth until 2016. Never again will I fail to do so.

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