“Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains; but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them.”
I will call her the Lady in Red. I don’t know her name, but she made me smile and I felt lucky to be marching behind her. I noticed her when she belted out the first chant, “Hell No, GMO…Hell No, GMO!”. I was entranced by her ability to draw us all in with her powerful voice and spirit as she spread feelings of oneness amongst us all. She would wave to people she knew every few blocks and shout a cheery hello across the street. She seemed to know everyone and they all looked so happy to see her. She turned to my daughters, Caroline and Sabrina, and told them how happy she was that young people were out here fighting for this cause. I had been asking Caroline to take pictures of her, and seized this moment to ask her if we could have a picture of her with Sabrina. She warmly put her arm around Sabrina, with a true twinkle in her eye, and said, ” We are sisters in solidarity.”.
The Lady in Red made me want to yell powerful chants and believe with all of my heart that what we were doing was making a difference. As millions of us were taking the same steps of solidarity around the world against the corporate giant Monsanto, my soul was filling with purpose, clarity and love. There is nothing like feeling that electric pulse of humanity coming together for the greater good, while holding the hand of one that you love and listening to another love share her inspired voice with the world.
March against Monsanto/ Pictures from around the world:
Links to learn about GMO’s:
March against Monsanto: Rockford, Illinois