Written by Joyce Cappiello, PhD, FNP, FAANP
It was a sunny, mild winter day in Boston, perfect for walking through the city to the Boston Commons —
It felt right to gather on the Commons, a site of anti-slavery protests, civil rights rallies, anti-war protests and all types of gatherings since this land was set aside in the 1600s for the common use of the people of Boston. Crowd watching—women of all ages, men, and signs, signs, signs. You have seen the variety and creative signs online, in newspapers, on TV. No need to describe. As I stood there, I had chills when the waiting crowd cheered as a group of Muslim women walked into the crowd. Yes, everyone is welcome here. 175,000 men women, and children are gathering.
I came to the march, not that I think it will change the newly elected president’s proposed agenda but because I want to be part of a gathering to show the world that we Americans stand for dignity and freedom for everyone. The evening before I returned from a vacation in Iceland where we visited the Reykjavik Art Museum—The exhibit of Yoko Ono: One More Story touched me to the core. An entire wall was covered with a large map of the world. A small table had an ink pad and ink stamps with the words Imagine Peace. Instructions were to stamp anywhere on the map that we needed to imagine peace. I looked for Washington D.C. to stamp. The area of D.C. had been stamped so many times that I could not read the words, rather it was one large, very large, black blob of ink. Hundreds of museum-goers also shared my concern that D.C. needed to imagine peace. To the rest of the world listening today, women of American echo your concern and want to imagine peace and justice for all.
After the speeches, the crowd moved through the beautiful old streets of Boston. Accompanied by friends and three generations of family, we echoed Yoko Ono’s belief that there is a better future, “if we just want it enough.” Today we are announcing to the world that women of America promise to work toward that vision.