I was not able to march, but I wanted to march. First and foremost, I believe citizen engagement is important to our governmental process. I am saddened by the division in our country and hate the way partisan politics seems to make compromise so difficult. I believe in social justice. I believe our country is strong when we are inclusive. I believe in the empowerment of women and the objectifying comments made by our president sicken me. As a victim of gun violence, I am for reasonable gun control. I believe words matter; the current president’s use of language scares me. His words are divisive, dismissive, and not very deep. I am for life from conception to natural death and for social programs that help people in desperate situations. I want all people to feel safe. The current administration makes me feel less safe. I am paying attention and will stay engaged. I am a proud American.