*This is the second of three writings exploring how positive resistance strengthens community and family. A trip cross-country to the Women’s March in Washington DC showcases a father and daughter’s bond. Meaningful memories leave a lasting legacy today and forever.
Arriving in Washington DC the day of Trump’s inauguration, didn’t know what to expect. My father and I were on our way to the Women’s March the next day. Watching the evening news, protests erupted blocks from the parade route. The people spoke on Election Day and today.
The challenge was the travel arraignments to and from the event with limited drama. A bus from Dulles airport became quickly crowded to its capacity to the March. Once arriving downtown, organizers, police, military, and restrooms were strategically placed for safe passage.
We traversed our way to the speaker stage of the March. Large television screens could be seen behind an ocean of people standing, sitting in trees, hanging on light poles, and leaning on the National Museum of the American Indian’s exterior sign. Communications on social media were virtually nonexistent either jammed or overwhelmed.
The Women’s March was peaceful with a family atmosphere from infants to grandmothers. Creativity and wit were on display in art, signs, posters, outfits, and conversation. It was extremely packed that movement was virtually impossible. My father and I stood in one spot for over 4 hours. A small price of endurance to exercise free speech.
When the speakers finished, the March couldn’t begin because the route streets were overwhelmed with protesters. As news spread, people worked as a team navigating the crowd to start crawling towards the Washington Monument. However, the direction eventually shifted going past TRUMP International Hotel onwards to the White House.
During the March, talked to a National Guard military member, he estimated the crowd at close or over one million. After being to China 5 times in the last 15 months visiting large metropolitans like Beijing and Shanghai, agree with his assessment.
The New York Times: “The women’s march in Washington was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump’s inauguration, crowd counting experts said Saturday. Marcel Altenburg and Keith Still, crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, analyzed photographs and video taken of the National Mall and vicinity and estimated that there were about 160,000 people in those areas in the hour leading up to Mr. Trump’s speech Friday. They estimated that at least 470,000 people were at the women’s march in Washington in the areas on and near the mall at about 2 p.m. Saturday.”
Getting out of Washington DC was a challenge. Trains were broken and overwhelmed stranding people with extreme delays. Saw firsthand people unable to leave with long lines streaming out of the transit system and around the block. Our option was a Lyft ride out of Washington DC with a hefty inflated price tag. The Hill: “The Washington, D.C. metro reported that Saturday was its second-busiest day in the city’s history, with more than 1 million trips taken on the metro. The busiest day ever was former President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Day in 2009. On Trump’s Inauguration Day on Friday, about 570,000 trips were taken on the metro.”
Women’s March officials announced that 1.2 million women gathered in Washington DC.
The Atlantic reported that University of Connecticut political science professor Jeremy Pressman and University of Denver Erica Chenoweth organized Women’s March attendance data. Their findings concluded that one out of every 100 Americans participated in the Women’s March.
Throughout the day gifted FREEDOM tags with more to come…