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People Were Able to Stay Counselor

I went to the Women’s March in San Jose, California (USA). It was apparently the largest march in the history of San Jose, with an estimated 30,000 people. I went by myself and took public transportation, which was packed.

There were great numbers of men, women, elders, young people, disabled folks—in an incredibly diverse crowd. I especially loved seeing the Muslim community come out and be visible. The police were shaking our hands and appeared pleased to be part of the event. Every part of the protest I saw was a contradiction to cynicism, defeat, and sexism. Many of the folks said it was the first protest they had ever attended.

There was so much joy, zest, and humor. It seemed to me people were able to stay counselor, to stay thinking as opposed to coming mostly as client.

I think it’s okay to come as client, but it’s even more hopeful to see people able to keep their attention out and come together with such thoughtful awareness of each other. It made me want to teach RC to as many people as possible, now more than ever.

Leyla Modirzadeh

San Jose, California, USA

Reprinted from the RC e-mail discussion list for leaders of women

(Present Time 187, April 2017)

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