COMMUNITY IN ACTION
Hi, I'm Christina.
I live in Honolulu and when I heard the news about Texas I felt both triggered as a woman as well as ACTIVATED. Therefore I went on a hunt to find the Woman's March, here where I live. My intent was to honor the women who already spent their time creating something. However, due to COVID and whatever else the case may be, there wasn't anything for me to join. Woman's March asked me if I would like to be a "Host,"
I said yes.
In my heart I suspected there had to be other people on island who felt similar things as me, however, I have been in my own little Pandemic bubble due to the community I'm a part of and also, I am an introvert (Not that social) anyway. If a few people came, that would be great! However, very quickly an incredible woman reached out to me with a rigorous level of emotional honesty, communication skills that were top notch and a deep knowing as a local woman.
From there, another woman reached out to me, new to the area yet deeply committed with a lot of skill sets and a wide range of expertise in many of the areas required to organize events.
I'd also like to mention we were three women in three different phases of our lives.
Three different generations of women all showing up. This all happened very quickly. The knowledge, dedication, consciousness, wisdom, kindness, fierceness, consideration, even our unique differences all seemed to be workable as we danced the best we could in the short amount of time that we had to get it together. Without either of these women...we wouldn't have had the turn out that we had. Although our in the moment estimation was 300 people, we ended up with closer to 400 people.
For this post I'm going to share some of the images, signs and community LOVE being played out from my own camera/experience/connecting with others. Even for just a second...
Here are some images from our community!
This first round of images Credit goes to @sammymcmanuphotography
This is the first image I took! I love her sign, her posture! How everything about this image let's you know....her confidence and clarity that, it is indeed HER body and that is all! So good!
MOTHERS AND THEIR PRECIOUS LITTLE ONES
These mothers and these children gave me all the warm and fuzzy's from a conscious parenting perspective. Besides, they are so darn cute!!!
FAMILY LOVING AND CHERISHING MOTHER
In speaking with this family, they took the option to stand still and hold their signs for the mother who wasn't able to March but her presence had so much value and the love her family has for her could be felt.
I LOVE THESE YA YA SISTERHOOD TYPE SIGNS!! SO very much!
MEN WHO GENUINELY LOVE WOMEN
When I asked this gentleman if I could take his picture and his why, he responded "Because women make up three quarters of the sky"
This sign is one of my all time favorites because it's the essence for me personally. While I do understand the compassion and the inner conflict for the unborn, I don't, not on any level -understand the disappearing and not caring, not seeing THIS! It's a lot easier to be and remain disconnected without this most basic truth being seen.
PROTECT BLACK WOMEN
Through these past several weeks, I have witnessed many black women share their thoughts, feelings and their clear no, we are not walking and their sharing "White women, this is your fault, therefore this is your fight, don't ask me for anything." I liked the idea of listening and honoring that. Therefore, when I saw this on one of the tables I thought, this is really great. We are kind of a melting pot here with different experiences. What I noticed was people were happy to take this and that was all people. Men, women, all races. Some people mentioned they were worried when they saw so many people, until they read the actual sign and paid a little closer attention. Then there was an "oh, this feels really good. This feels right" I heard that several times by those who had no intention of appearing at a Woman's March. So I thought I would mention that as it's part of the experience. People could feel we were not doing any harm to anyone. That was really cool to hear
BE BOLD. BE DARING
LOVE the boldness combined with their cleverness!
IN IT TOGETHER
If it was Families, friends, co-workers or loving couples. The togetherness is important for many men and women to see and witness. There is an illusion out there that isn't based on reality but on other things that prevents women from standing up for themselves and a lot of women know the truth of it. To stand up often means, forgo love because some men (and some religions) need women to give up some part of their own truth "if they ever want a man to love them."
It is one of the most insidious lies both men and women are told but a man who embodies kindness towards women, I've noticed...are happier, more fun and also, you can feel they are experiencing joy and fulfillment and that can and does co-exist with all the other things women crave. I personally think both men and women need to know what's possible.....
STANDING UP FOR ABORTION RIGHTS STARTING LINE
INVEST IN COMMUNITY NOT MISOGYNY
This one is my other favorite of all time..... so concise and on point!
Stay tuned because....
There was a lot to this and there is more to do.....and it's time for bed now