Unless you're a complete media hermit, then you know about the controversial election of Donald Trump as the next United States president. The upcoming inauguration on January 20th is the talk of every media channel.
But one woman, Alison Mariella Désir, has taken matters into her own hands. "I find myself unable to reconcile the election and the impact of what a (he who shall not be named) presidency will mean for many Americans," Alison writes. "I read somewhere, 'No one person can change the world, but we can each do our part.'"
The runners plan to arrive in Washington just in time to join in on the Women's March on Washington on January 21st. "We will arrive in DC...to join all of our powerful, beautiful, and courageous sisters in the Women's March," Alison writes.
Alison understands the importance of standing up for what you believe in. She writes, "It's no secret that this incoming administration and Congress have a target on women's right to choose and women's health. There will never come a time that I look back and wonder, 'What could I have done to protect that right?'"
But as long as there are people like Alison, we will remember what it is to be American. Alison is running for something that she believes in, and when she sets out on January 18th, she will embody what it means to be courageous and to be an American.