I’m just an ordinary person up here. I work a nine to five job, actually 8:30 to 4:30, you get the drift. I have a loving extended family, two cats, and a mortgage. And yet, just over one year ago the world I knew growing up changed dramatically. It wasn’t that the world I knew was perfect. I faced racism and bigotry and sexism, but they were contained by a growing belief that such isms were wrong and needed to be eradicated. I’m lucky in the way I grew up – my experiences as an African American woman consisted of a nuclear family – parents who loved me unconditionally and supported me in whatever I wanted to do. Their belief in living and learning side by side with all races and creeds became my belief. As children we learned to bridge racial divides, question and change gender roles, and share what we had with others. Little did I know I was an activist waiting to happen. A year ago that world I believed in came face to face with every hateful, vile, and malicious intent to do harm to another because of the color of our skin, to deny the right to love whom we want, to tear families apart through harsh immigration policies, to destroy our right to healthcare, and tear asunder the safety and security to worship as we want without fear. Today I am here to say we still have those rights. They haven’t gone away – yet. This rally and other like across the country serve as our rallying cry to say enough is enough.
I am one of the members of the Organizing Committee of Indivisible Outer Cape, covering Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham and Orleans. Our one year anniversary potluck event is January 28th at 5:00 pm, The Church of St. Mary’s of the Harbor, 517 Commercial St. In Provincetown. Join us in this fight for our rights!