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Notes from Edith Muñoz: Semester in D.C., Part 2

3/22/2018  8:00 am


 

March 16

DC Is a place for change

I have not lived here that long, but there have been various political events I have been lucky to witness and participate in. As many of you know, March 5th became the de facto deadline that

President Trump gave to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. But as the date approached, the Supreme Court nullified the March 5th deadline. If that would not have been the case, there would have been a huge turnout on The Hill. Even then, there were still a lot of people who took part in the March 5th protest, including myself as you can see in the picture. We marched for about a few hours and ended up outside the Capitol where a lot of speakers talked, ending with us spelling out “Unafraid”. The scenery, the environment, the people were all so powerful to be a part of. A lot of people all around the country came for this. Some were arrested for protesting. Although I could not take part in the office-to-office lobbying or any potential activity that may result in me getting cuffed, it was still a unique experience. On the national walkout day on Wednesday, March 13 I was also able to witness students in the D.C. area walk towards the Capitol. The following day there were 7,000 shoes placed outside the Capitol to represent the number of kids killed from gun violence. On March 24th is the next nationwide protest that I am ready to take part in.

Working in D.C. has taught me a lot. D.C. is the place to be to try to get change done. It won’t always happen, but this is where it can start or die. Some things are given a closer look while others are quickly looked over and pushed under the rug, which saddens me. I’ve also noticed that animals have more rights than immigrants. Guns have more rights than a woman's body. And it doesn’t get any better than that. I am curious to see where the next week takes me.