|A small portion of the crowd|
This morning, after the walk with the ladies, we all joined the crowd of women and other people gathered a few blocks away to protest the likely loss of many of the liberties we have taken for granted for quite awhile, such as reproductive rights and Social Security. From the website:
We march in solidarity, raising our collective voice, and lifting up the most marginalized among us recognizing that this new administration will affect us all in different ways. This march is the first step toward unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up.
This march was one of hundreds held across the country (and some in other nations), with the largest in Washington, D.C., as a counterpoint to the inauguration of President Trump yesterday. I cannot speak for the mood and the feeling of community at any of the other gatherings, but we had a celebration of diversity, with plenty of men and children joining the group, along with lots of women in pink "pussy hats." Before we started off on a mile-long march, there were poets and speakers and music. Since the crowd was so much larger than expected, many of us couldn't get close enough to hear any of it. I just enjoyed chatting with people around me.
|My friend Barb, her daughter and son-in-law|
Barb, one of the walkers, was there with her daughter and son-in-law and some really great signs, I thought. I lost all of the other people I knew who were in the throngs of people, but it didn't really matter. We walked and smiled and truly enjoyed the beautiful morning. And just by chance someone looked up at a beautiful rainbow overhead, and I was able to capture it just before it left.
I had a little trouble with all the standing around, for more than an hour, before we got started walking (you couldn't really call it a march, there were so many of us), so just before the last turn back to City Hall where we started, I snuck out and made my way to the Farmers' Market, which was open today. I grabbed some good bread and came home, where I am sitting now, writing this post.
Pretty rainbow! No marching here in the boonies of Minnesota, I am not sure what the march was all about...I have heard so many things I am not sure what is true. I only watched CSpan yesterday and no news for me today. I hope their are no riots or deaths.ReplyDelete
Too many rainbows would be barely enough. I hope it is a really good sign. And hope that the feared loss of liberties and rights don't come to pass.ReplyDelete
Cyber hugs. And solidarity.
So glad that you were able to be a part of this important day! Love the pics. Thanks for sharing :-)ReplyDelete
I was amazed at the number if people that marched in WASHINGTON DC. This is truly troubled times. Clearly, the people have spoken.....and Trump is one of the most powerful men in the world...boy oh boy.....his buddies are going to reap the benefits......is it true, that he is contemplating the selling of federal or National or public land for fracking, oil etc. I heard this today, plus the health care Obama brought in may be lost?? Future for "The People" sounds sketchy.ReplyDelete
Well done, Jan. Such a great response from women around the US and the world really. Hopeful!ReplyDelete
Good for you. I'm proud to know you.ReplyDelete
The marches were impressive. They have to keep marching. Keep the pressure on.ReplyDelete
Good for you! I think something possitive and important emerged today around much of the world.ReplyDelete
Good for you for joining the March! I heard the one in Portland was peaceful.ReplyDelete
I am glad you were able to do this. It was great to see so many successful and peaceful marches not only here but in other countries as well!ReplyDelete
I have a friend who marched in Chicago and said they could barely move and had to march in place. Our son, daughter-in-law and grandson marched in Washington, D.C. I think it's all so awesome! I wish we could have joined a march too. I understand there were marches in the islands. I just didn't know where.ReplyDelete
Today's weather was truly a gift for us as we made our voices heard and formed new bonds. I'll be posting about the march is Seattle in the morning.ReplyDelete
Thank you for Walking.ReplyDelete
My Granddaughter was in the D.C. March
Now what do we do? How can I help?
I hope I find a way
We joined the march in the rain in Charleston, SC, where the expected 200 turned into 2000 wonderful Americans of all kinds.ReplyDelete
Well, I can't say that these marches will have any bearing on Trump, but let's hope so.ReplyDelete
There was a big march in London too, so I read. It's a bit late now though isn't it! All those idiots who voted Trump in will soon be crying in their coffees.ReplyDelete
I'm not a marcher myself, but ... good for you! I'd heard about marches in the major cities but am particularly impressed with your experience in the (relatively) small city of Bellingham.ReplyDelete
Well done. People need to make their feelings known. Not sure it will make any difference to someone like Trump but at least you know you are not alone.ReplyDelete
That was a really nice crowd and I loved the signs. As bad as the 20th made me feel, the 21st help restore my faith. Thank you marchers.ReplyDelete
We had round 400 here in our small town of Woodstock, Va. I am so proud of all our ladies. Give us hope'ReplyDelete
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I was with Mrs T at the Mayo Clinic on Friday for her PET scan and a meeting with the Neurologist for a cognitive impairment test. She got the 1st President name correct but whiffed on the name of the "New One" by saying she couldn't think of it the knew "he is a jerk". The Dr. said that answer counted as correct...:)ReplyDelete
These marches all over the country were amazing!ReplyDelete