Love Trumps Hate

For a while now, I’ve wondered if doing anything even remotely political on ColeTries.com was a good idea. I hardly ever post anything related to politics on social media, so I wasn’t sure if this was the place for it either. But after walking among hundreds of thousands of angry citizens in protest yesterday, I came to a few important conclusions:

  1. I am a liberal, and my name is Cole. The blog has my name on it and I write it, so it’s going to reflect who I am no matter what. In some cases, that reflection will be of my political standing.
  2. Whenever possible, I should (and will) write about the things I do to support those who are oppressed or underprivileged.
  3. At no point is my audience required to read or respond to any post here.

All that said, this post is inherently political. You’ve been warned!

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I attended the Women’s March in Chicago with a large group comprising Dylan, Erin, Daniel, my friend Dean, Erin’s family, Daniel’s mom, and a few other folks. We arrived at Grant Park and pushed through gigantic crowds to the starting point and took it all in. Thousands and thousands of men, women, and children were supporting equality and protesting our new President. It was a touching and inspirational display of unity by people who care. Today, I am still moved and thoroughly motivated to take action against harmful policy and blatant discrimination. After attending this March, I plan to seize every opportunity to raise my voice in peaceful protest.

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Thanks to everyone who marched around the world. I am still so proud to have been a drop in this ocean. I stand with women. I stand with the LGBT community. I stand with all who are oppressed and denied basic human rights by our thoughtless, racist, misogynist, all-around terrible new leader. I stand with my country in speaking out for what is right.

You can see more photos on the Cole Tries Facebook page later this week. And tomorrow, expect a thrilling adventure with blog newcomer Chris Sullivan!

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