January 21, 2017–
Spring came early to Chicago on Saturday. After days of gray sky and rain, the sky was cloudless blue. The ground was muddy. but the downtown streets were blooming. People wore pink, like flowers.
The pink hats are a statement, a protest, an affirmation of resistance to the presidency of Donald Trump, and his negative agenda. We are in this together–women and men, children, old and young, people of every race and nationality. We are together in Washington, D.C., Boston, St. Louis, Denver, Seattle, Tel Aviv, Brussels, even Antarctica!
Turnout was higher than expected. In Washington, the crowd was estimated at 500,000. In Chicago, the estimate was approximately 250,000. The crowd grew so big that the official march was cancelled. People marched downtown anyway.
Perhaps the glorious springlike weather here brought more people out, but the cold didn’t stop the marchers in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the wind chill was 15-below.
People were marching against fear and hate, against lies or, as they are now called, “alternative facts.”
They were marching for women’s rights, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, religious rights– human rights. They were marching for education, the environment, the future. It is a positive message. The marches were peaceful and the signs were clever.
It was beautiful day in Chicago. This is what democracy looks like.