The Women's March
The Women’s March that took place in Washington DC on January 21, 2017, was an activist message to Trump and the new Trump government that a recognition of women's rights is essential and that women's rights are also human rights. The number of people who attended the Women’s March in Washington was estimated to have exceeded 500,000.
In fact, the Women's March far exceeded its expectations. According to Sister Marches, a website that monitored the marches around the world, there were 673 marches worldwide and approximately 6 million marchers. There was a Women's March in every country, large and small, expected and unexpected, from Argentina to Zimbabwe.
The crowds in US cities were huge. In Chicago, there were 250,000 marchers. In Boston, 175,000. Atlanta, 60,000. In New York it was more than 400,000.
The plan for the Women's March in New York was to meet at about noon in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, on 47th Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue, then walk south to 42nd Street, then walk west to 5th Avenue, then north to Trump Tower, between 56th and 57th Streets. The photos, sounds, and words in this post describe the marchers in and around Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza between noon and about 1:30.
Walking south on First Avenue towards 47th Street, there was a fringe of activity.
At 47th Street, the United Nations building could be seen a block or so ahead to the left, and the sun, shining from the southeast, was bright and created colors through every lens. A slowly moving large and dense group of people, in fact a small percentage of the total number of marchers, extended from the southern horizon on First Avenue onto 47th Street to the west.
The sound of the March near 48th Street. A few words with these young women and their friend.
Many signs dealt in diverse ways with climate change, equal rights, justice, and other issues.
The crowd is moving very slowly. Speakers address the people from a platform at the southwest corner of Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza.
The sounds of the crowd. "I'm wildly depressed ..."
"Why am I here?"
The large number of signs in the Women's March varied from ad hominem insult to positive thought. This post is framed by positive thought. The first sign — Activism Isn't Temporary — reminds us that the base of democracy is in the ongoing activism of the people. And that the energy evident in this event, in whatever form it takes, should be extended into the future.
The last sign should be understood as a requirement for a democracy to thrive.
Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as you can