Over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend. I run into people I know (or used to know) as I cover protests while Traveling at the Speed of Bike. Not long after, I run into the same people and this time they are suited up and showing up at city halls, capitol buildings, and more, in advocacy leadership positions or running for office. Here’s the latest.
Meet Darlene Lynch. I used to know her years ago as a fellow mom at the local schools. I saw her two months or so ago at the Families Belong Together protest in Downtown Atlanta (you can see my street photography from that day here, if interested). I saw her again this past Saturday at an astounding exhibit titled The Refugee Journey to Wellbeing at the Centers for Disease Control*, where she had a display table near the entrance. She is now the Head of External Relations for The Center for Victims of Torture.
If you are wondering what good participating in protests does, I’ll let Darlene’s example show you. It propels people forward. It connects people. It changes the world.
* where, by the way, the guards called me Biker Lady because I was the only one on bike on National Museum Day (which was a sunny Saturday here), at the nation’s center for health! (Do you see the irony in this?) I don’t blame others for choosing not to ride there — I can verify that every road leading to it (which includes Emory University next door) requires taking your life in your hands, or being forced to ride illegally on the sidewalk. This reminder of a previous campaign by the CDC (which, by the way, I remember loving as my kids were the exact age of the intended target market) on a poster by the fence near the entrance had me wondering what positive step forward (like Darlene!) I could take next.