The Women’s March, an International Statement!
All hail the Women’s Marches all over the world! If anyone doubted this was a movement they underestimated us BIGLY. It was awe inspiring! I was thrilled to be a part of this movement with my husband by my side.
Dave with our sign.
We left home at 8 am and got to Philly at 9:30 am. We were able to park in our church parking lot, which was a blessing. No pun intended. It was a straight walk up to Market St. to get the T and head to where the action was taking place.
The trains were jammed! So many pink pussy hats and signs everywhere you could feel the energy in the air. I had made my own sign and added the names of many friends who were unable to attend a March/ Rally for whatever reasons and I felt their presence with us all day.
We had talked about going to Washington, when the event was in the planning stages, but I knew that would be uncomfortable for me. I went with a friend of mine to The Rally to Restore Sanity, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s amazing gathering on the Mall in Washington D.C. in 2010. If you weren’t there here’s a clip of Stewart’s closing. I loved it.
There were approximately 215,000 people there on the Mall. It was a beautiful late October day and everyone was in good spirits but, the crowd overwhelmed me. I lost sight of my friend and had to move to the outer edges because I was having trouble breathing.
After a while I decided to find a bar with a TV so I could watch it and breath. I found a pedi-cab with a nice guy peddling who recommended a place nearby. He dropped me at the door to the restaurant/bar he’d suggested and I went in.
I found a seat at the corner of the bar near the TV. A nice couple sat next to me who were from Oklahoma. They were there for the college football game but, wanted to catch what they could of the Rally. Soon we discovered we were on the same page with what the rally was all about. It was comforting.
When I left I had no idea where the hell I was and had to get back to the bus to get home. If you’ve ever been to Washington D.C. you know it is beyond difficult to maneuver. So many streets named the same but with NE or SW, to define them to those who are familiar or have a compass. Somehow I made it to the bus. Whew! As soon as I sat down my friend Isabelle got on and we laughed. A lot!
So, going to D.C. for the March was not going to work for me. Fortunately the March became a global event and I was so happy to be in my favorite city, Philadelphia.
We weren’t sure how large the crowds would be but, we knew how to get around. Even if it was 90% on foot. I believe we walked about five or six miles on Saturday. I was so excited to see all the people and the amazing signs we all carried walking in unison with a common cause.
I loved that the crowd was at least 35/40% men and there were plenty of children, too. From infants to school age carrying signs and sharing an amazing moment in History with their parents.
We couldn’t get close enough to the stage to really hear so we made our way back toward our car, on foot and by bus. Stopped at our old neighborhood haunt, Bridget Foy’s, for a bite before making it back to our car and home again.
We were exhausted when we got home, but it was a good kinda tired!
After watching the news and the poor excuse for a ‘news conference’ by drumpf’s newest press secretary it was quite clear we had all made an important impact.
I expect to see more of this going forward. Clearly we have to stay on top of what this administration does every moment. They are the ones living in an alternate reality, not us. But, our unity and zealous demand for truth and accountability will see us through.
One more thing. Real news is not going away. The sources I rely on are The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, NY Times, Vox, NPR, and of course, Dan Rather, to name a few. All of these are available digitally which saves trees!
Did you march? Do you have a favorite source for real news? Please share!