Why I am Marching in the Women’s March in Washington D.C.

I march because I am standing on the side of love; love for women, children, people of color, immigrants, and Muslims. I march with great respect for our country, the United States of America. My voice, my feet, my body matters, just as every single other citizen and resident living in our beautiful United States of America. I respect our flag. We began this nation with dissent. Our founding fathers disagreed, worked together and wrote a Constitution where “We the people of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect union…include all people regardless of gender, orientation, race, ethnicity or religion. And we are all endowed with inalienable rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” I’m grateful for the rule of law which will protect both those celebrating the Inauguration of our 45th President of the United States on January 20th, 2017 and the large Women’s March happening on January 21st.  I’m thankful that peaceful protest will be protected by the rule of law and National Park Rangers and police officers so that we can exercise our freedom of voice and movement. Please pray for the safety of all who march and all who celebrate the peaceful transition of power from President Barak Obama to President Elect Donald Trump.

Rev. Christine E. Burns is the Associate Pastor at West Parish of Barnstable, U.C.C.