Up early. Feeling better. Fired Up! Ready to Go!
We donned our gear and headed out early for the Women’s March on Washington.
The presence of Trump supporters between inauguration day and Women’s March day was the difference between night and day. You couldn’t look anywhere without seeing a pink hat and we had a 30-minute walk from our hotel to the Mall. We headed down there as the crowds gathered. It was so crowded at 9 am we couldn’t get to the starting point of the march (which was to start at 1:15 but didn’t start until well after 2 pm). We got to the corner of 4th and Jefferson and it was a wall of humanity. We stayed put.
We spent 5 hours standing in one spot waiting for the march to begin watching Madonna, Michael Moore, Alicia Keys, Gloria Steinem, Scarlett Johansson, America Ferrera, Angela Davis, Ashley Judd, etc….
- Science is real!
- We pay taxes, how about you?
- We need a leader, not a lying tweeter!
- Show me what Democracy looks like / This is what Democracy looks like
- Women’s Rights are Human Rights
- Love Trumps Hate
- Thank you, Obama
- Thank you, Michelle
- Yes, we can!
- No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!
- Fired Up! Ready to Go!
- Not my President
- We need a leader, not a racist tweeter!
- Welcome to your first day, we will not go away!
- Black Lives Matter. Hands up / Don’t shoot!
OMG! Lots of signs here. Enjoy them all!
About 2 pm people got tired of waiting for the speakers to finish (you couldn’t hear them well) so they just started marching into the Mall (the march was supposed to go only down Independence Ave, but it was so crowded Indepence was full from 3rd Ave to the Washington Monument. So people started marching down Jefferson, The Mall, Constitution Ave, and Pensylvania Ave. Estimates of numbers we hear we close to 1 Million or more people. It was amazing.
We got stuck at 7th between Madison and Constitution for a long time trying to get off the mall and march down Constitution towards the White House. It took a long time but we finally got through. We then found ourselves at Trump International Hotel where thousands of people had started dropping off their protest signs.