I marched in tiny Loup City, NE (population 1,000), my hometown, because I am appalled at the lack of respect for women, people of color, LGBTQ persons, the disabled, and the poor that I have seen coming from the new administration. I marched because I believe Nebraskans are fair and kind people, many of whom have been misled about the real threats to humanity. Those misleading stories have made many afraid and suspicious of their neighbors and strangers, and marching together can show them that we have nothing to fear but that fear and suspicion. I marched because the Midwest has been painted as an intolerant, backward, and ignorant section of the country, and that is simply not true. When we join together in love, truth, and acceptance, we show the rest of the nation that their perceptions of the Midwest are not accurate. I marched because those of us who hold those beliefs are not represented well by our elected officials, who need to know how many of us do not fall in line with the racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and xenophobic views that are expressed as examples of how citizens of the United States feel. I marched because I am terrified of what the future holds for my young granddaughters if we do not turn this country back to the loving and accepting land that I love.