I attended the Women's March in Washington, D.C. over the weekend and it was incredible. I can't tell you enough how good it felt to be apart of this movement. The protest was full of kind and peaceful people with a variety of messages. There were definitely people there with views that I didn't agree with, and there were also people I was surprised to see attend. I saw many religious women and since I'm in that category, that felt very uniting. My favorite sign said, "Left of right we can all see wrong"
I started crying trying to catch the metro, because train after train was packed full of protesters and we weren't able to board. We weren't even at the march yet and I felt such a spirit of unity. It was good to see so many people there in protest. Eventually the trains supposed to be leaving the city switched directions and we were able to board-- soon all those were packed too. At our station, they stopped having people swipe their metro cards because the crowds were so large.
I was nervous, being an introvert I avoid large crowds at all costs, that they might be like Walmart on Black Friday, but that wasn't the case at all. If you dropped something while marching, people stopped and helped you pick it up. People watched out for each other, smiled, cried, and embraced each other. It was a beautiful thing to be a part of-- and I don't think any of us are stopping now. There is so much good left to be done.
Some of my favorite chants...
"We want a leader, not a creepy tweeter"
"We will not go away, welcome to your first day"
"Pay your workers" and "Shame" chanted in front of Trump's hotel.
"Small hands, no plans"
"Black lives matter"
"The people united will never be defeted"
"Tell me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like"
I didn't take very many digital photographs, instead I focused on using my film camera to take portraits of the people there. I saw such a light in the eyes of those in attendance and I wanted to capture it. Assuming that I didn't mess up the film, I'll post those in a few days when they come back from the lab. In the mean time though, here are the few digital snaps I did take.