“Thousands gather in Oakland for Women’s March. … The crowd stretched blocks and blocks through Oakland, encompassing the entire western shore of Lake Merritt, from Grand Avenue to Broadway and all the way to Frank Ogawa Plaza. The California Highway Patrol and the city of Oakland estimated the crowd at 60,000.”
A few friends and I met on route to join the Oakland, CA Women’s March. We walked to the Courthouse. After listening for maybe an hour, we walked back. The whole time we were walking back, There were still people walking to the courthouse!
I’ve not seen this kind of action since the 60s! It was inspiring.
Temple Beth Abraham, Asian, Black, White, Gay, Straight, young, old, men women, children, babies. All nationalities, all ages, all colors, all genders.
There we lots of older folks, Children holding signs waking with their parents. People standing along the way cheering and holding their own signs. Lots of the signs were homemade and reflected individual thoughts and hopes each emphasizing their own point of view and concerns.
We have to speak out:
- Voting rights, (remove the electoral college, fix gerrymandering laws)
- Education of our children (our future)
- Healthcare (save the ACA)
- Expand Social Security (No privatization, or reduction.)
- Discourage exclusion and hate rhetoric promoted by not our predident
- The sale of public lands
“ If there is a Muslim Registry” we will ALL register as Muslims” —Gloria Steinem
There were all kinds of signs, signs written on shirts, signs pined on with safety pins;
“LET US MARCH FORWARD NOT BACKWARD”
“WE ARE THE CHANGE THAT WE SEEK”
“OUR BODIES, OUR MINDS, OUR POWER”
“PEACE, NOT WAR”
“NO BODY IS ILLEGAL”
“PUSSY GRABS BACK”
“WE WILL OVER COMB”
“DON’T SELL OFF OUR PUBLIC LANDS”
“SAVE THE ACA”
“AFRICAN AMERICANS LOVE ME” ——NO, NO THEY DON’T!
“GANDALF WOULD NOT APPROVE”
“NOT MY PRESIDENT”
“HANDS OFF OUR SCHOOLS”
“CAN’T BELIEVE WE STILL HAVE TO PROTEST THIS SHIT”
WASHINGTON — More than 2 million people across the world, led by hundreds of thousands who overwhelmed the nation’s capital, protested the first full day of President Trump’s tenure Saturday.