- Shana Bernstein: Past abuses of civil liberties yield insight to present-day threats
- Nearly 1,800 historians and scholars, she writes, are calling for 'informed citizenship'
Shana Bernstein is a historian and Clinical Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Northwestern University. She writes and teaches about issues of immigration, civil rights, and the environment, and is the author of Bridges of Reform: Interracial Civil Rights Activism in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles. The views expressed here are solely hers.
(CNN)This weekend, I traveled from Chicago to Washington for the Women's March. Surrounded by hundreds of thousands of women and men, young and old, black and white, in wheelchairs and walking, I was inspired to see how many of us feel the need right now to stand up for our own rights and for those of our fellow Americans from every background. From the plane from Chicago to DC (filled with pink hats), to Metro lines snaking around the corner, to being jam packed on the National Mall, the march and its scope uplifted me for the first time in over two months as I realized how many of my fellow Americans believe we must act as citizens to protect our rights.