A Black Rose

Hello everyone.

This is just a quick update. Those of you who have indicated that you are interested in joining us for May 30th in Washington, DC should be receiving an email with more information very soon. It's not too late to let us know you'd like to come! Please keep in mind that you are responsible for your own transportation and for now, your own lodging.

It looks like we will be having a good old fashioned rally. What do I mean by that? Well, keep in mind that this campaign is about making sure EVERYONE knows that there are people: real, tangible people with lives and families and futures that are survivors of MST or supporters thereof.

Above all, I want people to know something important. We have posted before talking about contributions to our cause. We realize this is a rather new campaign with little recognition and funding. But let me be completely clear: everyone who requested a rose will have one brought to DC, even if we have to walk there ourselves. This isn't about money. It isn't about big flashy banners and high end loudspeakers. It's about making it clear to as many people as possible that covering up sexual assault in the military, belittling and ridiculing survivors, and ignoring pleas for help will NOT be tolerated. If my mother and myself have to walk up to every person we meet and personally tell them what's happening in the military, we will. If we have to paint signs and stand in DC alone, we will.

But we know that we won't be alone. We know that you will stand by us, whether you are in DC or watching from home. Thank you all for being brave and helping us achieve more than we thought was possible.

Never stop fighting.

-Esteban Rodriguez