Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Women's March

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.

Moving forward:

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.



Amanda said...

I marched in Pensacola with my 10 year old daughter (who made her own sign that said "Don't protect me from grizzlies, Protect me from DeVos). We had an amazing experience! I think it is something we will both cherish for a long time!

Traci said...

I marched in Austin with my girlfriends! Everything was so depressing until the inauguration. And then, there was the March.

Anonymous said...

I was in Washington DC for the Pro-Choice march in 2004 with a million other women. I was on the West Coast this time, I marched with my two daughters in San Jose. I was going to take my 9 year old only, but she doesn't go anywhere without her sister, so I took the 5 year old too. It was amazing! They asked a lot of questions and it was fulfilling for me as a mother. But more importantly, I saw in my 9 year old's eyes that she felt part of a whole, that she united with her future tribe. And what a tribe it is!

Mackenzie said...

Thanks for this post! I marched in Phoenix, AZ (a red state) with my mom and sister. It was an inspiring, powerful day.

Anonymous said...

I marched in Raleigh with my family, and I am ready to fight! Thank you for supporting equality for ALL! Sarah

Maria said...

Democracy Now is a wonderful news source! I can always trust them to report on what is really going on, in this country and globally, and give me information on what matters. It is woman-run and founded (go Amy Goodman!), and the journalists are predominantly people of color.

Kendra said...

Great to see a movement by the people!

Anonymous said...

I did not march. While I am very concerned with Trump’s attitude toward women (and others), my viewpoint on abortion excluded me from the march.

I don’t really understand the emphasis on “abortion rights” in this setting, either. I don’t know why anyone, pro-choice or pro-life, would think that Donald Trump cares at all about limiting abortion. That would infringe on his lifestyle of using women without accepting the consequences.

Eve said...

"Exhilarating" is what I felt when we marched for Charlie, 2 years ago.
Even from France, we feel deeply concerned about what s happening in the US, right now.

Lecia Phinney said...

Thank you, friends, for sharing your experiences! xoxoxo