Women’s March on Washington DC 2017 attracting 500,000 activists

 

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One of the signs I encountered among the thousands who attended the Women’s March on DC yesterday, the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, who many have deep reservations about on his take on Abortion Rights, Immigration, Refugees, Health Care and the Environment.

 

 

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There was a program of speakers and performers on the stage between 3rd and 4th on Independence facing NW. The Rally: The program featured nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and others that were announced in the days just prior to the event.
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Map of route of the March. Beginning at Independence Ave between 3rd and 4th Streets SW, moving west on independence, moving north on 14th Street. Continuing west on Constitution to 17th Street then north east around a circle ending at Pennsylvania and 15th Streets NW. It’s been reported that over 500k people joined the march.

 

MISSION

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us—immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault—and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear. In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. We support the advocacy and resistance intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step in unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

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Looking into the faces of the future.
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Without leaps of imagine, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. — Gloria Steinem Honorary Co-Chair of Women’s March on Washington 2017

 

A page from the @womensmarch printout

Women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability. We practice empathy with the intent to learn about the intersecting identities of each other.

Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is a positive force confronting the forces of injustice and utilizes the righteous indignation and spiritual, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of people as the vital force for change and reconciliation.

The Beloved Community is the framework for the future. The nonviolent concept is an overall effort to achieve a reconciled world by raising the level of relationships among people to a height where justice prevails and persons attain their full human potential. Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil. The nonviolent approach helps one analyze the fundamental conditions, policies and reacting to one’s opponents or their personalities.

Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve our goal. Self-chosen suffering is redemptive and helps the movement grow in a spiritual as well as a humanitarian dimension. The moral authority of voluntary suffering for a goal communicates the concern to one’s own friends and community as well as to the opponent.

Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence. The nonviolent attitude permeates all aspects of the campaign. It provides a mirror type reflection of the reality of the condition to one’s opponent and the community at large. Specific activities must be designed to maintain a high level of spirit and morale during a nonviolent campaign.

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Many performance artists were out in full displaying their creativity and expressions around the march route.
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This man dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West for the Women’s March on DC the day after the Presidential inauguration of the 45th President of the United States that brought over 500k out into the streets to say “NO” to.
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This sign abandoned on a tree doesn’t take away fro it’s truthfulness.
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People holding banners in support of women’s reproductive rights.

 

A section on the Women’s March site for legal help and Know your Rights

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects “the freedom of speech” as well as “the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” So you have a constitutional right to demonstrate. Police in D.C. generally understand and respect that right. People demonstrate here every day, and arrests are rare, except for people who decide to risk arrest. Still, it pays to be prepared.

http://resources.womensmarch.com/#f=Legal

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Rights are Rights.
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The march was extremely colorful with a sea of pinks an greens as far as the eye could see. Many people wearing pink hats. Here, a couple of Ms Liberties making their way through the crowd. Not an easy task.
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From an elevated position at the National Mall park I had a good shot of many of the signs and costumes people were wearing. Drain the swamp is a term which has been used by American politicians. The term alludes to the historical draining of swamps to keep mosquito populations low to combat malaria. The term has since been used as a metaphor by: Winfield R. Gaylord to describe the socialist desire to “drain” the “capitalist swamp”. Ronald Reagan, who called for “drain[ing] the swamp” of bureaucracy in the federal government in 1983. Nancy Pelosi while announcing her 100-Hour Plan in response to more than a decade of Republican rule. Donald Trump to describe his plan to fix problems in the federal government. Subsequent protests against the role of Goldman Sachs in the Trump administration also used the metaphor. -Wikipedia
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Facing south to the Washington Monument was a sea of people and signs.
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Many I spoke to told me they feel the Government has become nothing more than a “Good ol Boys Club”.
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Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. – Benjamin Franklin
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One of thousands at the National Mall park yesterday for the Women’s march on Washington DC. Many came from all over the country to participate. Other cities had their own rallies and marches. It’s been estimated that Los Angelis had the most with 750k activists turn out, 200k in NYC and 250k in Chicago.
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Drumming in the streets of DC in a group using buckets which read CLEAN WATER ACTION,, and one woman wearing a sign that read, My Children deserve to Die from Natural Causes, they chanted, “Stop Trump, Stop Hate”.
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Another drummer out in the streets of DC yesterday near the E st and 7th Street with a sign reading Don’t Look for Hope,, Make It.
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Near Constitution Ave and 8th streets. A post illustrating Trump as Hitler.
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