The crowds in DC on Saturday were “yuge,” as Donald would say, but he was probably hiding somewhere creating his own “alternativefacts” to explain the outpouring of protest.
We know Donald and his team didn’t like the unfavorable comparisons between the size of the crowd at Obama’s inauguration in 2008 and Donald’s inauguration on Friday. Size seems to be a big issue for the Donald — nope, I won’t go there — but take a look at the Earthcam feed (here) of the National Mall on both days and draw your own conclusion.I attended the Womens March in DC because I wanted to give voice to the outrage and despair I’ve felt since the election. How could my fellow Americans elect this idiot?
This isn’t an issue of Party politics for me. Democrats, Republicans, Greens, etc. are equally capable of making horrendous policy decisions. Donald’s campaign and election exposed the underbelly of hatred in America that I naively thought was buried. Everyone had signs, many with big words that might stump Donald’s limited vocabulary. My sign was the only Arabic sign that I saw. “Build Bridges, Not Walls”. A friend in Barcelona came up with the idea (in Spanish of course) and I asked my friends in Gaza to help me write the message in Arabic.
A handful of people at the March understood my sign, many more were curious about it, and gave me the thumbs up when I translated it. Some wanted to take pictures of the sign, but this man in the yellow jacket came up to me and asked his companion to take our picture together with the sign. He told me that my message was the reason he decided to attend the March. Then I asked his companion to take a photo for me.This March was unlike any other that I’ve participated in because it brought together so many different people and issues. Our common struggle makes us stronger and much more powerful. Donald won’t know what hit him. There were many speeches (and it was difficult for this short person to stand squeezed between so many shoulders, unable to see much beyond my neighbors’ backs) but I heard many inspiring speakers. Angela Davis and Van Jones shared the best messages.
“FREEDOM & JUSTICE FOR PALESTINE” — Angela Davis
“The #LoveArmy isn’t gonna let Trump mess with Muslims.” — Van Jones
I read there wasn’t a single arrest at the Women’s March in DC. The love and energy I felt there proved that people can be super angry without being violent. That was a very positive message in itself.
Where do we go from here? The marchers have returned home, but they sure aren’t going to be quiet. Just as the world watches the new president to see what he can accomplish in his first hundred days in office, we know there is a clear path for The First Hundred Days of Resistance, posted by Robert Reich but originally drafted by a fellow New Mexican, Alan Webber. Every day, in every way, Donald and his cronies will face a resistance greater than anything they’ve imagined.