Women’s March on Washington 2017

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Today marks a historic moment in America’s history!

People flew from all over the USA to attend the march in Washington to protest against the Trump presidency. There was an estimated turn out of 500,000 REGISTERED voters which is double the expected number. I can’t imagine what the total would be, if it was possible to add those who showed up but did not register. Can’t believe there are protests happening all over the world too!

I felt so inspired watching the different speakers on the big screen and seeing all the different signs that the demonstrators held up. What a positively emotionally charged atmosphere it was – such great energy! And how amazing to see the whole country unite to fight for women’s rights and equality for all!

So grateful for the certified Deaf interpreters on stage who made the event more accessible for Deaf attendees.

The experience was nothing short of incredible.

A day I will certainly live to remember.

So glad to be a part of it all! 🙂

2017…???

 

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So thankful for the opportunity to drive around Florida from 21st to 30th December last year with two friends. What a wonderful time relaxing and switching off from the busyness of life in D.C.!So thankful for the opportunity to drive around Florida from 21st to 30th December last year with two friends. What a wonderful time relaxing and switching off from the busyness of life in D.C.!

Christmas eve and Christmas day were the highlights of my trip. On Christmas eve, I got to catch up with two American friends whom I got to know in Australia – had such a great time chatting away with the Fullers for slightly over 3 hours! I learned recently from their e-mail that they had to pack up their life in Australian and return to the USA suddenly. It came as a real surprise to find that were in Florida at the same time as I was! On Christmas day, my travel mates and I hiked at Everglades National Park in the morning, spent the later part of the afternoon at Miami beach and walked over to the American diner for a dinner feast. 🙂

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Purchased this year planner at Chelsea Market in New York City on 21st November 2016

 

What will 2017 bring?

Graduation in May.

Apart from that, so many unknowns.

But….

How very exciting! 🙂

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Too much to do…

2 analyses.

3 papers.

3 presentations.

Compendium submission.

2 applications.

All must be done by mid-December.

As of today, I am going to say goodbye to Nano Poblano to focus on everything I need to do.

I have enjoyed the past 15 days posting a blog post each day. 🙂

Thank you to those who have liked and commented on my blog posts. I enjoyed reading the blogs of those participating in NaBloPoMo as well. I will continue to read here and there in the next two weeks if time permits me to do so.

I’m sorry to give up the challenge halfway but will be reducing time spent on social media overall so I can finish the semester well.

Ciao!

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The Urgency of Intersectionality

In this Ted Talk, Kimberlé Crenshaw brings attention to the issue of African American women experiencing double discrimination because of their gender and race. However, this often goes unrecognized because there is no frame to discuss this. Due to the problem not being acknowledged, it is often dismissed which leads to “multiple levels of social injustice”. We often hear in the media of African American men being killed by the police. However, the cases of African American women who have lost their lives due to police violence are often ignored.

“Why wasn’t the real unfairness law’s refusal to protect African-American women simply because their experiences weren’t exactly the same as white women and African-American men? Rather than broadening the frame to include African-American women, the court simply tossed their case completely out of court.”

“If we can’t see a problem, we can’t fix a problem. Together, we’ve come together to bear witness to these women’s lost lives. But the time now is to move from mourning and grief to action and transformation. This is something that we can do. It’s up to us.” -Kimberlé Crenshaw

A video worth watching to spread awareness of the oppression African American women face here in America and encourage people to speak up and take action.

 

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The gift of friendship…

Two things made my day today…

  1. Waking up this morning and looking at my cell phone to find several Whatsapp messages. One of them contained good news from a close friend in Australia whom I haven’t heard from in a while. 🙂
  2. Went to Georgetown University for a meeting today. After my meeting, I asked a young Korean lady on campus for directions to the bus stop. We chatted a bit while she was guiding me there. To our surprise, we found out that we had a mutual friend. She added me as a friend on Facebook.  Yay! A new connection made. Hope to get the opportunity to get to know her better.

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. ~ Hubert H. Humphrey

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A stimulating discussion…

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I had a pleasant morning with a new friend I recently made this semester. We visited a church in Virginia and then had lunch at a Korean restaurant. Our conversation evolved into a stimulating discussion of deaf issues, women’s rights, and how social justice and Christianity are linked.

I am thinking to write a blog post some time about social justice and how Bible principles fit into the picture. I hope to do this while NaBloPoMo is still on. I just need to find the time to process all my thoughts and put them into words. It will take me a few hours to type them all. Don’t know when I will get the luxury to do this…

For now, on to my next homework assignment!

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