My Issue is Yours; Yours is Mine

by Karima Amin

My Issue is Yours; Yours is Mine This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Not celebrating this administration, women, men, and children participated in Anti-Trump marches that marked the one-year anniversary of the “Women’s March” that took place in Washington, DC following Trump’s swearing-in last year. On Sunday, January 21 this year, hundreds of thousands showed up in NYC, Las Vegas, Palm Beach, Paris, London, and downtown Buffalo with signs and chants expressing Anti-Trump sentiments and more.

BaBa and I were there. I spoke briefly in front of the Erie County Holding Center, stressing the importance of being a voice for the voiceless. BaBa carried a “Restorative Justice” sign and spoke at length with several individuals who asked about his interest in the principles of this healing practice. I don’t know how many participated in the Buffalo march but my guess is ten thousand. This was a spectacular event that brought, all races, ages, genders, and faiths together.

As the marchers flowed from City Hall, to the Holding Center, to Main Street, it was obvious that our issues are varied but, no doubt inter-connected. Advocates espoused women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and rights for seniors and veterans. Some reminded us about DACA and the Dreamers and Immigrants. While there were signs highlighting Unity and Democracy the key word seemed to be Justice. “Justice for all” is an oft-repeated phrase that isn’t always fulfilled. Opportunity is what we’re working for. One of my community brothers is well-known for frequently saying, “Working together works.” We have to work together, overcoming the differences and difficulties that keep us apart. I was pleased to be a part of the Women’s March.

The weather was a blessing but I would have been there anyway. Seeing and hearing so many people expressing a willingness to work for justice really made me feel good about 2018. Our next regular meeting, on the last Monday of the month, will take place on Monday, January 29, at the Rafi Green Community Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Avenue, @ Glenwood in Buffalo, from 7:000-9:00pm. For more information: Karima, 716-834-8438,; BaBa, 716-491-5319,

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