March in January--Women's March in Chicago and around the world

March in January--Women's March in Chicago and around the world
photo- Ash-har Quraish---eNews Park Forest

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.

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  • Well said, fellow member of the resistance.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thank you, AW. Indeed, these are unpresidented times...Vive la résistance!

  • I don't know what good it is going to do, but you have your 1st Amendment rights, If someone wants unity, I think he has to denounce most of his followers, but he isn't going to pivot. Just as El Rushbo said bipartisanship isn't giving into the Dems, I don't think it is necessary to give into the thugs.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thank you, Jack. Yes, we have the 1st amendment--a powerful right. I think it's important that people were not intimidated. We won't give in to fear or thugs. Interesting that the first comments on Twitter were "I thought we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote?" A later comment supported people's right to disagree, but I don't think he wrote that, do you?

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    1. It's b.s. because he previously said he wished the libel laws were tougher, and proved it by having Melania sue in England.
    2. On your last question, they say one can find out depending on whether it indicates it came from an iPhone or an Android device.
    3. Does Obama keep @potus? Why should a President be tweeting to begin with?

  • In reply to jack:

    Quick check indicated no to #3 part 1.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes, I think that account is managed, now. It sounds so much more official, and reasonable. Will he have a personal account, too...

    I think Barack Obama has a verified account, as a private citizen.

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