Dear Editor, The third-annual national Women’s March will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the center of Brookings (near the movie theater) and walk up and down Chetco for a few blocks.
I am proud to be among the men who will attend.
It’s not just about women’s rights or against male chauvinism or even just equal pay. This march has also become about truth and beauty - opposed to the biased spin and outright lies that now permeate the American media, opposed to the militarism that has obsessed America for nearly all of my life.
I remember a moment of peace in my early years after WWII. It has been war ever since. There was no “peace dividend” associated with the fall of the Soviet Union.
Americans are taxed for war as much as the whole rest of the world pays for “defense.”
I will also be marching for equality in America, which is the most unequal of modern advanced democracies. Decades of tax cuts have made it so.
Where money makes money, only progressive taxing will stop runaway inequality. Tax first.
God knows, there is plenty to do with the money, important things that neither individuals nor companies can do or want to do, but are necessary to get done and that has not been getting done.
So, I will be marching for government, our poor, wrecked government, in the “Best Democracy Money Can Buy.”
And, of course, I will be marching for the environment, the world in which our babies were born, where our women thrive.
I will be marching for humanity and for all life on earth. Rain or shine.