Moment of Power in the #stateofwomen
Yesterday I was at the United State of Women White House summit. It was an amazing line up of speakers: The First Lady, President, and Vice President. Oprah, Amy Poehler, Kerry Washington, Loretta Lynch, Nancy Pelosi. Hundreds of amazing speakers, all talking on the same theme: Today we’ll change tomorrow.
Many of the speakers began with a moment of silence or recognition for those killed in Orlando… except one. Bamby Salcedo from the TransLatin Coalition asked for a moment of power. In other words, no more silence. There was a time for silence immediately following the murders when we were trying to untangle our brains and pay our respects, but now, days later, it is time to scream.
We all let out a roar, and it was probably the most emotional moment in a very emotional day. To hear all those angry women screaming for gun control laws, screaming for the right to be able to go out of the house and be safe, screaming for communities to come together and demand better from lawmakers.
Because at this point, moments of silence feel more akin to a lack of action. People are using silence and prayer to fill the space rather than doing something to effect change.
That was my take away from yesterday. There is definitely a time for silence. But after that silence is over, it’s time to scream.
Thank you, Bamby Salcedo, for reminding us of that.