Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Did you march on Saturday? What was it like for you? It was an incredible weekend, people taking to the streets everywhere. Did you see this inspiring slideshow of marches around the world?
As I was buying a posterboard the day before, my cashier asked if I was planning to attend the March. When I said yes, she thanked me, and my eyes welled. Leaving the store, I noticed another woman in the checkout line holding a white and a pink poster.
Early-ish Saturday morning, I drove to my friend Aran’s house and we headed to the starting point together, where we met up with a group of friends. People were pouring out of buses and the light rail as we arrived, well in advance of the start time. Friends who live on Vashon and Bainbridge Islands sent pictures of their packed ferries enroute, a sea of people in pink hats.
It was chilly and drizzling as we waited, typical Seattle-in-winter. But the crowd was buzzing with energy, and there was a pervasive sense of positivity and hope that I hadn't felt since the election.
As we began walking the sun broke through the clouds and shone brightly (I'm not making this up!), and the bells rang out from a church just outside Judkins Park. Seattle’s mayor, Ed Murray, and Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee, were present, along with about 175,000 others. Being a part of this throng of people was exhilarating and also incredibly moving. Everyone we encountered was respectful and warm. Cell phone service flickered in and out; I kept taking videos that I texted to Alexi and the boys whenever I could.
Seattle's March concluded at the Space Needle. As we got coffee and rested, we watched people take selfies and group pictures, and laughed at some of the signs we saw. I didn't want it to end.
Jerry Brown’s State of the State address. Just what I needed to hear today, feeling gutted by what's happening in our country. "California is not turning back. Not now, not ever."
The Indivisible Guide.
The organizers of the Women’s March in D.C. have launched a campaign, “10 Actions in 100 Days,” with suggested acts of civic engagement. First up: “Write a postcard to your senators about what matters most to you — and how you’re going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks and months ahead.”
How to follow the news.
Thanks, Jenna Wortham, for this.