It is nearly impossible to describe the energy and excitement of the coming together of women, children, and men of every walk of life, every color, religion, disability, or orientation. I don’t normally like crowds and I have had some health challenges lately – but yesterday I proudly walked with my daughter, my friends, and several thousand other like minded people to express our passion for not allowing this country to move backward.
My latest personal outrage came from our new President’s pick for cabinet posts, many of which seemed more like a slap in the face to the position, rather than nominating a qualified candidate. In particular, Betsy DeVos who has absolutely no knowledge or experience with public education, as his pick for Secretary of Education. But I’m also disturbed at the terrible example he is setting by tweeting insults every time someone disagrees with him, and by dismissing any facts that are not favorable to him, as “fake” news.
So many signs, so many people – well over 500,000 – and not one single arrest. To me that is the most significant point of the day, this was a march of resistance, but it was a PEACEFUL march! Everyone from the D.C.Police, to the people protesting our march, were respectful and gracious.
We heard “thank you’s” from people waving from their homes as we made our way to and from the march (our buses were parked at the RFK stadium parking lot). The police thanked us for being there. We had A list celebrities speaking not just in D.C., but at all the rallies across the country.
As we got closer to the rally point, it seemed that every street you looked down was full of marchers. I can’t begin to tell you how it felt, but I got teary eyed at so many things, from watching people make way for wheel chairs, to the patience of people as our little group of six chained our way through the crowds. At one point I just had to sit or lean against something, so I made my way toward a truck where a kind gentleman offered me his portable chair.
It was a long day with many speeches, some we could hear, some we couldn’t, but all with the same message – don’t let this be one day of protest – get involved, get active, call your representatives and make sure they know how you feel. I know our President will try to ignore this event (or spin it to favor him) but Congress knows better. I hope Congress was watching and listening. This is not a time to be complacent – be a doer! Phone calls, emails, letters, whatever works for you – be a doer!
Yesterday’s event was amazing and inspiring: smiles everywhere, love everywhere, and passion everywhere.