By Misbah –
The inauguration of Donald Trump and his subsequent executive orders have sparked a movement among Americans of all backgrounds like no other. From the powerful Women’s March to the countless number of people who have been calling and writing letters to their representatives, activism is at a peak in American society. We must ensure that we keep the ball rolling and continue to advocate for our rights, even after the Trump presidency.
For me, these past few weeks have been eye-opening and inspiring. The Women’s March was the first protest that I had ever attended, and it one of the best experiences of my life. Although there were times where I could barely move due to the amount of people there, I loved the energy of the March and was constantly surrounded by positivity. Everyone who attended was kind, respectful, and enthusiastic, and it truly gave me hope for the future of America. The March was the beginning, and I knew that we still had to keep fighting for equality.
I attended my second protest after President Trump had signed his executive order which banned people from seven Muslim majority countries from entering. I went to a protest at the Baltimore Washington International airport, and was once again, overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up to protest against the law. As a Muslim, I was overjoyed to see the support that came from people of all backgrounds and the way that everyone came together in solidarity. This was a reflection of the America that I knew, and I realized that no matter what the government did, there were always people who were willing to fight for what is right.
Despite all of the positivity that has come out of these past few weeks, we still have a long way to go as a country before we can achieve equality and justice for all. At the same time, I am hopeful for the future. Through all of these recent events, I have met some of the most inspiring people who continue to work towards equality. I believe that the future generation is more accepting than ever, and there are many young people out there who want to make the world a better place. I will continue to do my part to work for positive change, and encourage those around me to do so as well.
Misbah B. reflected on her experiences at two protests in mid-January. She is a senior in high school, active in her School Girls Unite chapter, and is also editor of WOMXN Magazine.