Day 21 & 22, 30 paintings in 30 days.
I did participate in the Women’s March yesterday. It was, overall, a tremendously gratifying and uplifting event, where I felt solidarity, hope, and possibility for the future.
Will anything come out of it? No, not if the individuals who participated go back to their homes and carry on exactly as they did before coming out to march.
However, if you are in the least dissatisfied, distressed, confused, or concerned about the future of our country or our government, there are things you can do to become more knowledgeable and involved, so as to influence future elections and make your voice be heard.
My main concern is that I inform myself. I hope you might consider the same.
For example, today I listened to the entirety of the Betsy Devos’ confirmation hearing for Education Secretary.
Yes, the entire 3.5 hours of it. It was eye-opening for a number of reasons. I had never watched one of the hearings before. In a lot of ways, it went as I expected it probably had. She skirted around issues she didn’t want to answer, and had clear friends and opponents from the questioners. I learned some things about her I didn’t realize, and additionally realized there are some things I need to learn more about in order to understand the implications. I also was able to see how power is controlled in these types of situations—which was quite astounding to me. It made me better understand the importance of our other elected officials and how they have great influence in the outcome of certain events.
I didn’t like what I saw. But now I know, and I know why, and I know there are opportunities for me to effect change.
Our mid-term elections are one place where we can make our voices heard. Check on what your elected officials are up to, double-check whether or not you agree with them, and then talk to others to help inform them as well.
The Women’s March yesterday wasn’t just a protest to the new government. It wasn’t one message. It wasn’t one voice. But it was an opportunity for many people to rise up together, see that they weren’t alone, and gain confidence and inspiration to continue to be active in sharing the message about what is important to them.
My main realization, in both politics, work, and my own personal life, is that My Voice Matters, so I need to continue to use it so that it is heard. Your voice matters, too.
With that, here are my two latest paintings, which go together and represent the march, but also continue my theme of “writing,” through the slogans on the signs and all additional writing that came out of the event yesterday.
P.S. One of my goals for the new year is to paint in January. My theme for all the paintings is “writing”.
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