In November 2016 the “Great American Experiment” in democracy went off the rails. I was devastated. How could this have happened? Was our experiment in liberty over — a failure?

No! All the anger, sadness, disgust and fear were channeled into something very American.

The first Women’s March, in January 2017, was the start of the cleanup. It was a million-plus voices filled with those dark emotions and mixed with hope raised as one to say NO! We will not accept failure. We will fight as our forefathers and -mothers fought when they too were facing an inept narcissist with an overinflated ego.

I was lucky to have been able to attend the first Women’s March in Washington, D.C. In my hat, I was a tiny pink speck in an ocean of pink specks flowing through the channels of our capital. It was called the Women’s March, but it was all Americans. It was what is good about America roaring in one loud, proud voice. It was awe-inspiring.

This Saturday the Women’s March will celebrate its second anniversary. In large and small cities around the world many of those voices will rise again and mix with new ones. Regardless of numbers the passion will be as strong. I will be putting on my pink hat and heading out to march with fellow Americans who have worked hard over the past two years to get our experiment back on track.

The cleanup has begun, with voting 40 new representatives into the House. With electing a strong, smart woman as speaker who is not afraid to speak truth to power and stand up for “We the People.” Will we be successful? Can we fix this mistake? I believe yes! Yes, We Can!

To join in Stockton, go to: www.womensmarchstockton.com.

Robin Cole, Tracy

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