Heritage people had a high participation in the Women’s Marches that took place on January 21, 2017. The marches were in support of women’s rights and other causes including immigration reform, health care reform, protection of the natural environment, LGBT rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, and workers’ rights.
On January 21, Nearly 40 Heritage-affiliated people were in Washington, D.C., for the Women’s March on Washington. That same day, more than 50 Heritage-affiliated people took part in the Sister March in Cincinnati. (We are defining “Heritage-affiliated” broadly as members and friends of Heritage Church, along with relatives and friends who went and marched with them.)
Officials behind the organization reported 673 marches took place worldwide, including a planned 408 in the U.S., 29 in Canada and 20 in Mexico, and at least one on all seven continents. Nearly 5 million people participated worldwide. (Source: Wikipedia.)
Below is a poem by Erica Minton Reid that was shared on a group bus ride to Washington, and below that are pictures from the two events.
by Erica Minton Reid
I have tried and failed the nice way –
now I’m brazen and untoward.
I draw strength from her behind me
And I hook the power forward.
As I brush dust from my lashes
and I see myself in wonder,
I find lightning in my beauty
And a pretty little thunder
as they crack along an arid heart
the color of a bruise.
Just behind the heart, a fire
you have never seen me use.
I am new to this blue fury.
I’m a freshly minted warbird,
but my mother wrote a guidebook
as my grandma did before her.
With a raw, unbuckled anger
and a hungry-fisted ache
I’ll share vigil for the future
that we will not let you take.