"WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CANNOT REST..." ELLA BAKER
January 21st was a day of hope -- real hope! Over 3 - 4 million people world wide demonstrated and marched against the presidency of a man who basically disrespects and wants to deport and or jail anyone who is a white anglo saxon protestant and rich.
Blogger Patrick James Walsh had this to say about January 21st:
Nothing like this has ever happened before in American history: one day after the swearing in of a new president, a massive nation wide revolt and rejection.
No American president has ever inspired such a response, but then no American president has so repulsed and frightened and insulted the American people as deeply as does Trump. .....Mass Revolt Against Trump in New York and Across America
GUARDIAN today said - We Made History. Apparently these were some of the largest demonstrations ever in our history. I like this statistical enumeration of our victories:
Whoops! Can't find an actual graph or chart. So I'll make one up.
WASHINGTON D.C. 500,000
LOS ANGELES 750,000
NEW YORK CITY 250,000
CHICAGO 250,000 [ALL MY FRIENDS SAY THIS MEANS WAY MORE]
TORONTO, CANADA 60,000
ST. LOUIS 10,000 +
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 10,000
PALM BEACH 7,000
SAN FRANCISCO 150,000
An article from US Uncut has "official estimates" = http://usuncut.com/news/official-womens-march-attendance/
Here's a google doc of estimates: high and low -- https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xa0iLqYKz8x9Yc_rfhtmSOJQ2EGgeUVjvV4A8LsIaxY/htmlview?sle=true#gid=0
It shows Los Angeles low estimate: 200,000 and high: 750,000. That is kinda crazy -- more accurate I think would be between 500,000 and 750,000.
Worries are that this won't continue. That the DNC types like Debbie Wasserman Schultz will try to co-opt any real chance we have by making it a bourgeois white thing. That the unity only loosely shown in DC won't grow - the speakers were very diverse there. Was the crowd? I didn't see enough diversity in Los Angeles - a real worry for me. More Asians and Latinos and few African Americans is not a good result. We should be there for these very people -- although I was told by one friend that this march "didn't speak for me" and another that it was pro-choice (of course it was!). These are issues that have to change if we are to win.
Plus today I had to unfriend some decidedly pro-Trump Facebook acquaintances because they refuse to see anything wrong with Trump at all. One person said that Soros funded 50 women's groups involved in the demonstration. Really? The absurdity of another's comment -- Trump has never smoked nor drunk alcohol in his life -- just made me cringe. I hope I am never that fanatic about another human being (as I believe I was in my teens and 20s). But to see Trump as flawless is truly frightening.
Guardian on the Women's March - http://portside.org/2017-01-23/womens-marches-may-have-been-largest-demonstration-us-history
Over 100 marches worldwide were also included.
Newsweek surprisingly has a nice piece on the marches: http://www.newsweek.com/womens-march-washington-donald-trump-national-mall-545608
A highlight for me of the march on Washington was the inclusion of Angela Davis - [this is my old poster from back when - ruined by mold in my garage, idiot that I often am]
Full Transcript of Angela Davis' speech January 21st - http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a42337/angela-davis-womens-march-speech-full-transcript/