Why Shelley Marches

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” –Maya Angelou

I envision the March as this long tapestry woven from people of all different identities, backgrounds, and experiences. I am marching because I truly believe that we can make the world better when we are willing to listen to a diversity of people. Through what we learn, we can examine within, and work to change communities, our policies, and also ourselves. I’m marching because I want everyone to live a life recognizing the humanity in each person. I’m marching for what I love –the diverse neighborhood I live in; nature where I find quiet and rest; a future for my daughter that is just, equitable, and caring. The hatred, violence and inequities in this world can make me feel despair, fear, and hopeless. I march because as a single thread I can feel helpless, but there is strength in many threads woven together

Shelley works at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center as the Director of Organizational Development and Learning. In this role, she also leads the MASS Collaboration: Movement for Access, Safety and Survivors,  a partnership between BARCC, the Boston Center for Independent Living, the MBTA and the Transit Police Department to improve response and services for survivors of sexual violence with disabilities.

PHOTO: Ken Faulker
AlleyWay Bookstore, Boston

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