Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Women's March on Washington

 What a truly amazing and unbelievable event to be part of. I'm going to be a series of posts today and over the next couple of days. This was a tremendous moment. Reaffirming just how great our democracy is. That one day after the inauguration of a new president, there was a demonstrating of such size of people who don't back the president.

The number of people who showed up overwhelmed the organizers. The original march route was discarded. It took a while but we finally started marching. The picture above is from Freedom Plaza looking down Pennsylvania Avenue. You can't see where the people stopped, It was like that for over an hour.

From the Post:
The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, who originally sought a permit for a gathering of 200,000, said Saturday that as many as half a million people participated. On Sunday, Metro officials announced that Saturday was the second-busiest day in the Washington subway system’s history, with 1,001,613 trips. (By contrast, on Trump’s Inauguration Day, the system recorded 570,557 trips.)
I think this really sums up why people were marching:
John Fischer, a 34-year-old locksmith from Grand Rapids, Mich., drove more than nine hours with his wife, Kara Eagle.

I’m here to support my wife,” Fischer said. “I don’t care who you are, women impact your life, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t have the same rights as men.”

Cynthia English, a 61-year-old Jamaican American who lives in Florida, said she wants the new president to know that women will be fighting during his presidency to ensure that the country and laws treat them equally. She was with her daughter and marching for her two granddaughters in the hope that no future president feels comfortable making lewd comments about women.

“I don’t want this to happen to them 20 years from now, so I am making my mark now,” said English, who wondered, “Why are we the ones that bring people into this world, and we are treated the worst? We should be treated with respect.”

More pictures and thoughts to come.

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