Support for Iranian Protesters

I love being in DC. I was riding the metro home from my weekend job, studying my LSAT for Dummies book, and I saw some lovely ladies across the way wearing green t-shirts and armbands (green is the color of the protesters in Iran and purportedly Muhammad’s favorite color; supporters of the protesters wear green). As we were pulling into my stop, I teetered over (the Metro in motion is not for walking) and asked where she got the armband. She said, “oh, it’s just some cloth”. And I said “Oh, ok, I was just looking for one”. We smiled and I went back to looking for the first sign of the station out of the subway doors. Then she said “do you want this? I have extras” and she unwound her cloth armband and handed it to me. I said “thank you” and we were at my station.

I do not usually like wearing protest clothing–before, I always seemed so commercial and so insignificant. Commercial because someone made a killing on those “Stop Genocide in Sudan” shirts, and insignificant because I don’t really believe wearing a t-shirt raises awareness much. However, I believe the story I will tell about my armband will raise awareness.

It makes me feel connected to the students and women protesting in Iran–and there is little I can do. But solidarity and support, even from as far away as my dorm room in Washington DC, has to mean something.

Jessica with Green Armband
Jessica with Green Armband

Inspirational Quote:

“Genuine politics — even politics worthy of the name — the only politics I am willing to devote myself to — is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole.”–Vaclav Havel

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