Marietta resident knows exactly why she marched

This letter is in response to a local doctor who appears to be mystified regarding the reasons why one of the largest globally synchronized protests in history, which took place across more than 600 locations worldwide, occurred.

It is a response to his blithe discrediting of the “ill-informed females … who really had no idea what they were marching against.”

Fact 1: The Women’s March, an anti-Trump protest aimed at standing up for women’s rights, is estimated to be the largest one-day protest in United States history. (NY Times, Wallace and Parlapiano, Jan. 22, 2017) An estimated 470,000 people were in Washington, D.C., according to crowd scientists (NY Times, Wallace and Parlapiano, Jan. 22, 2017). Across the United States, estimates are between 3.2 and 4.2 million participants (US UnCut, Wellman, Jan. 22, 2017)

Fact 2: Women, men, transgender, cisgender, agender, bigender, gender-fluid, agender, androgynous, and gender-queer persons marched all across the world to protect legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues, including women’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, the natural environment, LGBTQ+ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, education, and workers’ rights. These basic human rights are in peril under Trump’s administration, based on his campaign platform and the statements that Trump had made both as a celebrity and also as a presidential candidate. For example, it is a fact that Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women at a time when he believed that his fame and wealth could protect him from any repercussions.

Fact 3: The alternative facts that the doctor presented about other current issues of concern to this country and to the international community throughout the remainder of his letter are just as unfounded and ill-informed. Here are just a few examples:

¯ According to Gallup Polling in 2016, only 19% of Americans believe that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances (Gallup.com, poll #1576).

¯ The U.S. backed Syrian rebels who were against Assad. This was U.S. policy and not accomplished by Hillary Clinton alone. Did some of those Syrian rebels become the cult ISIS? That is possible, but you might remember the exact same situation happened under a Republican administration in Afghanistan; you might recall that those rebels evolved into al Qaida.

¯ Boko Haram is a local Nigerian extremist group. Local officials and regional ambassadors make recommendations about terrorist watches; this decision was made below the level of Hillary Clinton. The decision was made out of concern that adding the group to the watch list would raise its stature and strength (CBS News.com, July 20, 2016).

¯ Poverty levels in the United States increased dramatically following the Great recession that was triggered in the G.W. Bush Administration. There are historically high levels of poverty, but the rise started during the Bush administration, when 4.5 million Americans were added to the poverty category, and has continued since the Great Recession. Poverty rates increased at the same rate under both the G.W. Bush administration and the Obama administration (Washington Post, Ehrenfreund, July 20, 2016). The doctor seems to make causal inferences from correlational data.

I’d be happy to talk to the doctor about my reasons for marching in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017.

It was the most inspiring event I have ever attended. It was a day full of peace, love, and hope for a better world. I have been inspired to be a better-informed citizen and have become more engaged in the political process, at both a local and national level.

You will be reading more letters from me.

Dr. Alicia Doerflinger

Marietta