2017 was quite a year. From the inauguration of President Donald Trump and the subsequentprotests that engulfed the nation, to the disasters both natural and man-made that devastated parishes, it’s been a lot.
But in the wake of each of these national imagines — including Hurricane Maria slamming into Puerto Rico, the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. record, and individuals courageously stigmatizing sexual harassment and assault — beings came together to support each other.
Here are some of the seminal times of 2017 that we’ll recollect is not merely for their shocking or polarizing quality, but because of the strength of Americans’ response.
1. Trump was opened, and millions took to the streets.
The revivals boasted orators like feminist icon Gloria Steinem and singer Janelle Monae, and called for gender equality exactly 24 hours after Trump, accused by more than a dozen women working in sexual harassment or assault, took office.
2. Demonstrators ran into airports to denounce the Muslim ban.
Thousands of demonstrators flocked to airports across the nation for days in late January to denounce Trump’s executive order prescribing limits on immigrants and movement from various chiefly Muslim countries.
The spontaneous airport affirms from New York to Dallas to San Diego then continued for a second weekend, with parties marching in metropolitan streets across the United States, singing “No banning , no wall! ”
3. Parties banded together for Puerto Ricans hit by Hurricane Maria.
After Hurricane Maria threw into Puerto Rico in late September, most people were left without ability or better access to clean drinking water. Weeks later, many of them were still waiting for help from the government, and the dead are still being counted — with calculates clambering to over 1,000 fatalities.
In the wake of the squall, people nationwide — including celebrities with ties to the island, like Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jennifer Lopez — facilitated parent funds to help the U.S. province, while volunteers and officials on the field worked to deliver much-needed nutrient and medical services to the most vulnerable.
4. Sports teams took a knee to call out systemic racism.
A protest started last year by former San Francisco 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who kneeled during the national anthem to call out systemic racism — morphed into a much greater movement in September, after Trump said teams should deal with demonstrating actors by get “that son of a bitch off the field right now.”
In response, scores of jocks from multiple teams — and even celebrities beyond the athletics field — responded by taking a knee in solidarity. Despite criticism from crew owners and members of the Trump administration, actors continued to kneel to raise awareness of social injustice.
5. Americans depicted support for victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
In October, the nation sorrowed after a gunman shot into a audience of concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 people and disabling the thousands of the other members of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
People across the country quickly stepped up to help the victims and their families, with those nearby lining up for hours to donate blood, and those further below raising millions and contacting their representatives to call for gun control.
6. Communities stepped up after California’s deadliest wildfires.
In October, the two countries watched in horror as several fast-moving burns ripped through Sonoma, Napa and other districts in Northern California’s wine country, forcing around 100, 000 beings to evacuate and killing more than 40 parties. They were the deadliest blazes in California’s history.
In the wake of the fires, neighbourhood food trucks raced to serve emergency responders and homeless or displaced occupants. Americans raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support those who lost everything.
7. Beings sorrowed with a Texas church hit by gun violence.
In November, a gunman stepped into Sunday works at a Baptist church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, and killed 26 people — half of whom were children — in the worst mass killing in the state’s record. One house alone lost eight of its members encompassing three generations.
In the wake of the misfortune, beings nationwide donated funds, but many, including former President Barack Obama, called for government leaders to do more than merely transport prayers, urging them to actually take legislative action on gun control.
8. Sex crime survivors courageously said #MeToo.
In the wake of sexual assault allegations against strong Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, tallies of beings have joined the #MeToo movement, announcing out sexual abuse and abuse in the workplace. It’s worth noting that organizer Tarana Burke started the “Me Too” campaign for sexual assault survivors 10 years ago.