Pamela 🐝 Williams en Cultures Around the World, Social Issues In Today's Society, beBee USA Operations/Project Analyst • Hafele America 29/1/2017 · 4 min de lectura · 1,5K

Where Have You Been?

Where Have You Been? Over the last couple of weeks I have heard that question in my head.

I’m not hearing voices but my sometimes overactive imagination could hear my fellow Bees asking me why my presence on beBee has been infrequent of late.

It had nothing to do with beBee, nor was it due to any dispute with any of the Bees.

I’ve been ‘mulling’, considering my life, my options, and quite frankly like many Americans at this time in history; the state of my country. I haven’t taken the transition well. Let’s face it! I have been royally pissed off that my fellow countrymen/women could believe that this was a path the country should follow.

Image: 88.5 WFDD Radio website

So these were my options

I could sit and wallow in that anger and just rant against the heavens


I could do something.

I’ve chosen to do something.

About damn time Pam!

On January 21st I joined thousands of my fellow Triad citizens in a local Women’s March. Compared to the crowds in Washington our group may seem rather small but when you consider that the organizers were expecting 1000 at the most, it was pretty fabulous!

We met in a courtyard at the Government Plaza  in downtown Greensboro and the courtyard was packed. They were people standing in the balconies as well as spreading out for almost an entire city block. I walked to the back of the crowd to see just how many were crammed into what now seemed like a very small courtyard.

The passage was not easy because we were packed in like a tin of sardines. I was amazed when I reached the street and saw that people continued to arrive. They came from all directions and the sidewalks were full. Entire families were arriving with children in tow and some pushing strollers. I couldn’t stop smiling! This was MY United States of America.

Since the organizers had not planned on this large number of people the speaker system was insufficient. We couldn’t hear the first set of speakers but a system quickly developed where by word-of- mouth the order was given to about-face and march to our rear in the direction LeBauer Park, a new city park that had recently opened to the public.

Since I was now near the back of this large crowd I ended up being near the front of the march with a couple hundred people in front of me. I couldn’t tell you how far we marched because I was too engrossed in the people. I had a long conversation with a woman who was marching in support of the LGBT community. I learned that she and her wife had been married for over 20 years and for the first time in a very long time they were afraid of how their government would interfere with that relationship. They have overcome many obstacles, including being ostracized by members of their family, but through it all they had stood together, loved and supported each other. If that isn’t a marriage can someone please explain what is?

All along the route the city police had side streets blocked off so the marchers were safe from traffic. This was no easy task and I’m sure they dealt with many disgruntled drivers since two of the blocked roads connected the northern and southern parts of the city. They stood there patiently, protecting the marchers and that touched me. I couldn’t stop myself from calling out to some of them: “You’re doing a wonderful job!” “Thank you for your support and we appreciate all that you do for the city”.

I repeated these words throughout the march and at one crossroads I caught the eyes of one young black officer as I spoke and he just nodded but I swear there were tears in his eyes. He too was proud of his city that day. Remember that Greensboro, North Carolina is the site of the Civil Rights Museum (remember my Live Buzz?) where 4 young men took a seat at an All-Whites counter in the local Woolworth store. To make this long story short; they were spat on, had food dumped on them, but they refused to move. They were eventually arrested. This incident was a turning point for the Civil Rights Movement and sparked sit-ins across the southern United States. 

                                                         Image: 88.5 WFDD Radio website

On this day; January 21, 2017 we were once again marching, and once again fighting for equality.

A sign being carried by an elderly woman in Washington DC that same day said it all:

“I did this 60 years ago, why the F**k am I still having to march for equal rights”.

When the first of the marchers arrived at LeBauer Park we learned the march was so long that there were people still in the courtyard waiting to begin. Yes, this was MY United States of America.

So you may ask; what about the rest of the time you’ve been absent?

Three or four days were spent recovering from the flu so I could take part in the march. I have also been supporting other marches that will be taking place by spreading the word on social media.

I had the opportunity to attend a press conference on Thursday to hear local immigration leaders and immigrants speak against the recent executive orders banning Muslims and the location and deportation of undocumented Latinos. Some of the immigrants gave heart wrenching stories of fear and uncertainty about their future. One Syrian refugee who happened to be Muslim began her speech by pointing out that she didn’t leave her country by choice. All she wanted was to live in peace, to be accepted for who she was and to become a member of this community and support this country. I should point out that she couldn’t speak a word of English when she came to this country six months ago, but in that short span of time she learned enough English to share her story.

I am very proud to end this post by reporting that our Mayor, City Council, and local Police Department will not actively enforce these executive orders in our city. The Chairman of the Board of Education pleaded with undocumented parents to not be afraid to send their children to school because no one would be questioning their status and the children would be kept safe.

                           Greensboro Mayor: The Honorable Nancy Barakat Vaughn

Yes, this has been a proud week for this Greensboro resident, for this American citizen. Let Washington do what they will, as for me and my city; we are still the “land of the free home of the brave”.

Other Images: courtesy of Triad NC Women's March Facebook Page

Pamela 🐝 Williams 19/6/2017 · #58

#57 Hi Martin, yes it's been months, I could make excuses but quite frankly, it's all been a head journey. If I can thank the buffoon in DC for one thing it's that it has opened my eyes, made me question my own life. I'm actually doing very very well but thank you for checking in!

Martin Wright 14/6/2017 · #57

Pamela, its been months , where have ypu been and are ypu alright?

Preston 🐝 Vander Ven 27/2/2017 · #56

#55 Thank you for your update to my question.

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Pamela 🐝 Williams 27/2/2017 · #55

#54 Preston, I understand your confusion. It was originally supposed to be a march about women's issues, but with the political roller coaster that is occurring and the numerous policy issues that were dividing the country the women's march became much much more. In our own march the name was officially changed to the Human Rights, Justice, & Equality March. The originators of the march in DC followed this same train of thought as I understand from the speech one of the organizers gave. It's because all these issues are women's issues. LGBT rights are women's issues, equality, immigration, justice; they are all women's issues, so they came together. I'm sorry those in St Louis had disagreements because it was supposed to be inclusive and tolerant; that was the whole point. Otherwise there wouldn't have been men marching right beside us! Fathers carrying their young daughters on their shoulders with signs that read; I march for my little girl. Or Christian mother's marching beside their gay sons and daughters with signs that read; equality includes everyone or God loves my gay son too (yes I saw these signs). It was a moving day Preston and one I will never forget.

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Preston 🐝 Vander Ven 27/2/2017 · #54

I think it was the same weekend in St. Louis that there was a women march. I was working at an Autoshow. There were a lot of supporters and I was very happy for everyone marching and peacefully using their First Amendment Rights. What I didn't like was at the women march in St. Louis was there was no common theme. Even on the Metro Train, even though women were wearing the same shirts, they were all marching for different causes. One group next to me was pro-life trying to support Trump, one group of women was talking about equal rights but wouldn't speak on which rights of women needed to be solved, the next group was only their to try to bring back Hillary, a fourth group was marching for Men who want to act like women to have the rights of women, then I saw another group protesting the national security issues. I watch about ten minutes of the women getting together, yet their was a lot are disagreement among the groups. Certain women said they other women where not allowed to be at this march. So, What was the main theme of this march?

Mohammed A. Jawad 31/1/2017 · #53

Thought-provoking post @Pamela 🐝 Williams. Here's one of my poems...enjoy it!

Worldly Disputes

By the uses of faith and reason
let men judge their plain folly
There’s nothing in worldly disputes
but flaws of untruth, precepts of idiocy
And, more trouble in the periods of existence
that pays regard to mistaken subjects
Lo! its an outbreak of idle deeds
which oft shadows common sense.

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Lisa Gallagher 31/1/2017 · #52

I'm working on organizing, not "I"

Lisa Gallagher 31/1/2017 · #51

This needs more traffic, one of the most important topics affecting not only the US but the globe right now. I working on organizing. My daughter in law is attending a March in Denver this week for Muslims.

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