At the Crossroads Park in Bellevue, the atmosphere was anything but gloomy. About 60-70 souls, disregarding the weather in true Northwest spirit, had gathered together for a March for Unity.
Children, women and men, dressed in everything from outdoor gear to hijabs to overcoats to police uniforms, had all come together to show that what is common in all of us is much larger than what divides us.
As AID-India volunteers, we have long talked about being active in the community we live in. There is no better time like this, there is no bigger cause than this in the current atmosphere. Let’s start with a Solidarity March on the Eastside, the area where a mosque was burned down recently. I will lead this effort from AID Seattle.
In many ways, the past five months have reduced our country to a nation of people defined by our differences: those who are for and those who are against, conservatives and liberals, white and brown, Muslim and Christian, documented and undocumented. In that light we are one-dimensional versions of ourselves. In that light, we are distorted and diminished. In that light, we are divided.
Today is about casting a new light.
Amit Ghosh, a product manager, volunteers for AID in Seattle. He attended the march along with his daughter Sachita.