One day after a crowd witnessed the inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th President, a much bigger throng descended on the Capital. It was an historic show of solidarity and outrage against the nasty, negative, narcissistic rant we’ve been hearing. It was a testament that many eyes, minds, and hearts will be watching the Trump Administration closely. That sentiment echoed around the nation and world.
Our energetic County Councilwoman, Jessica Fitzwater, chartered a bus from Frederick.
The Mennonites were a cheerful group perched on the corner. Click here to a short link of their performance of Wade in the Water: https://youtu.be/stQufVTdhZw
We took a position by the Air & Space Museum at 6th and Independence Aves. It was the closest we could get to the stage about 3 blocks ahead.
Fortunately, a great sound system and jumbo video screens enabled us to see and hear the activities.
Here’s a sense of the excitement in the crowd when Gloria Steinem took the stage. https://youtu.be/coQCUjB3ISs
Probably the best part of the event was chatting with people and marveling at the signs and banners. In our part of the crowd, people traveled from New York, Boston, and Chicago to participate.
California Senator Kamala Harris addresses the Women s March on Washington 21st Jan 2017 video clip: https://youtu.be/ByCDO6kxfuA
Here’s a video link to see our gang in action— “Here’s what democracy looks like. https://youtu.be/9loQmTNbshQ
Ashly Judd “Nasty” video Clip https://youtu.be/ffb_5X59_DA
Being the consummate planner, Jane made 1:15 lunch reservations for 13 of her closest friends at the conveniently located Capital Grill. Normally it would take 5 minutes to walk there from our location. The crowd was so dense that we had a difficult but not unpleasant task to press through the dense horde. It was a surprisingly polite experience as we made our way against the crush of people. It reinforced an appreciation of the overwhelming size of the crowd and their incredibly positive spirit. It took us 30 minutes to get there.
As you can imagine when women outnumber men 5 to 1 all the bathrooms are liberated and turned into unisex accommodations.
The event organizers had planned for about 200,000 participants. The turnout was so much greater that they had to cancel the planned march to the White House because there were too many people. This decision occurred while we were at the restaurant. After the meal when we got back to Pennsylvania the thoroughfare was wall to wall people.
It as a mad dash back to our bus for a 4:00 departure. We made it just in time and we’re able to snooze on the way home. This was a memorial day that hopefully made an impression. It’s up to all of us to sustain the momentum and not be silent. A good way to get involved is to join in the campaign for 10 actions for the first 100 days.