Letter for Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

• Reasons many why women are marching

Reasons many why women are marching

People ask me, “Why are you marching, and what is this all about?”

My answer is simple: My daughter Kaulana would want me too. If she were alive, she would be marching. I have another daughter, whom I love very much. She is a very private person, but I am marching for her as well.

Why are any of us marching today?

For rights. For simple, human rights.

“What kind of rights?”

Well, here is a list of the rights that we will be marching “Up Da Hill” from Hardy St. and Rice St. to the Historic County Building lawn for. They are: Human, womens, LGBTQIA, reproductive, immigrants, disability, civil, and workers rights. We are also marching for environmental justice, and the end of violence in our country, streets and communities. We are marching because we want everyone to have a good quality of life, and equality.

“But why do you care? Why march?”

Because I am a human. Because I was a mother. Because I am still a woman. Because I want everyone to be able to look everyone else in the eyes and not be looked down upon because of race, creed, nationality, religion, partner preferences or any other reason for prejudice.

“But, what is the real reason?”

The real reason is I want to move, to walk, to vent, to socialize. Because love trumps hate.

Aloha, see you there at 8 a.m. today, enjoy our county park till 2.

Anne Punohu, Lihue


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