*This is the first of three writings exploring how positive resistance strengthens community and family. A trip cross-country to the Women’s March in Washington DC showcases a father and daughter’s bond. Meaningful memories leave a lasting legacy today and forever.
Sitting on a plane heading back East is familiar yet new. The journey represents a call to action that demands realization and sustainment. Reinvention is key and time fleeting. Recently reached my forty-third birthday, the opportunity is now to eliminate clutter and focus on what is truly important.
The day after President Trump was elected, the Women’s March was conceived. From their website: “In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
I was going. Then my father jumped in. Next stop the Women’s March.
As an artist, what would my contribution be? It had to be a free gesture and guide. Google defines freedom as “…the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” In small actions, FREEDOM would be my offering to the Women’s March and back.
Freedom must endure despite institutional powers that fear its existence.
The FREEDOM Project consists of fifty customized stainless steel dog tags. The same number representing the states in America and material worn by the military. Once freedom is giving away, citizens are responsible for its care and protection.
My first FREEDOM was given to a female security worker at Denver International Airport.
49 to go…