Your editor and his wife participated in the historic Women’s March yesterday afternoon, in which millions of people throughout the world protested against the new Trump administration’s perceived bigotry and misogyny. In our hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, the event attracted around 10,000 people to Kelly Ingram Park, a civil rights landmark with a rich history. The organizers on Friday anticipated a local turnout of about 200, but the Facebook page for the event went viral Friday night and people showed up in droves. Here’s a few pics:
The people marching were gobsmacked by the size of the crowd. The large turnout was a wake-up call to all who marched. Many, like us, showed up thinking they would be accompanied by a few dozen other protesters, kind of like the turnout for local activist monthly meetings.
We were completely, wonderfully, joyously WRONG.
Here’s a few more shots so you can get a sense of the crowd:
My favorite sign/shirt got away before I could snap a pic, which was a shirt worn by a person of color that said “Brown as Fuck.” References to Trump’s pussy-grabbing braggadocio were everywhere.
Before yesterday, we were depressed about the election and the prospect of at least four years — barring impeachment — of having a chipmunk-haired toddler as president of the United States. But in Birmingham and elsewhere, it appears that a sleepy nation has finally woken up to the reality of what Trump is all about. This is not a “protest movement.” This is a resistance, much like the resistance to the Nazis that sprang up in Europe after Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, touching off World War II.
Donald J. Trump and his insane clown posse cabinet are shortly about to figure out that, while they may be Nazis, they are not the Borg.
Resistance is not futile.
The Washington Post‘s article today summed up what this amazing demonstration was all about:
More than 1 million people gathered in Washington and in cities around the country and the world Saturday to mount a roaring rejoinder to the inauguration of President Trump. What started as a Facebook post by a Hawaii retiree became an unprecedented international rebuke of a new president that packed cities large and small — from London to Los Angeles, Paris to Park City, Utah, Miami to Melbourne, Australia.
The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, who originally sought a permit for a gathering of 200,000, said Saturday that as many as half a million people participated.
Many in the nation’s capital and other cities said they were inspired to join because of Trump’s divisive campaign and his disparagement of women, minorities and immigrants. In signs and shouts, they mocked what they characterized as Trump’s lewd language and sexist demeanor.
The marches provided a balm for those eager to immerse themselves in a like-minded sea of citizens who shared their anxiety and disappointment after Democrat Hillary Clinton’s historic bid for the presidency ended in defeat.
We wrote yesterday that we will not shut up. Today, we are watching a nationwide, even worldwide, grassroots resistance to racism, misogyny, and religious bigotry. And while it was labelled Women’s March, entire families showed up to support the cause:
Let the resistance take shape. Mr. Trump, you can’t tweet your way out of this shit. We are legion, and we are not going away.