January 2017

It certainly has been a while since I last posted!!!! Two years?! We, at BHD, have been busy! But I want to switch gears a little bit. In this climate - where the world seems turned upside down - I want to take the time (when available) to reflect on anything BUT design, and then how through design we might be able to help each person more inspired to fight the good fight, every day. 

It has been 1 week after what began as the largest movement around the world to protest, what started as barriers against women's rights, but ultimately became a campaign for basic human rights for all.

Some have been asking questions (which is good!) about what is happening - and if you are in the dark, the anti-inauguration march, and subsequent ones after, should be an indication that there clearly something wrong. But lets break it down - here in the US we have sworn in a #notmypresident who has pledged to nominate a Supreme Court justice who opposes abortion rights and to dismantle a health care act that covers contraception and get rid of #plannedparenthood that provides free reproductive health care services that saves millions of lives a year. His appointees have track records of voting to cut funding for anti-domestic violence programs, opposing increases in the minimum wage and restructuring Medicaid — moves that disproportionately affect women and minorities....and that's just touching the surface.

People have been thanking me for attending the March - black friends, white friends, family, people I don't even know who responded to my posts. I have been battling my feelings around this all morning. I did not do it for gratitude, but I'm the one that needs to give thanks, as something has awoken inside me.... Marching with over a million brothers and sisters, sometimes so packed together we could not move, you could feel the spirit burning amongst us. I literally was battling the flu, and lost my voice that day, but I am one of millions who came together and have been heard....and we will not stop.

I may not understand what some go through on a daily basis regarding discrimination, hate, oppression or those who live in fear, but I DO know it goes on and it NEEDS to STOP NOW. We are ALL responsible for change and we all need to fight for each other. We, of all colors, creeds, religions and genders make up this great nation. It is now up to us to stand up for equality for all. This is our inauguration present to you, Trump....and it will be the gift that keeps on giving, because #lovetrumpshate.

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