Still Not Silent: Scenes from the Second (Annual?) Women’s March

Early reports estimate that 120,000  attended the 2018 Women’s March in New York City, less than a third of last year’s turnout, but the ideals and anger were no less powerful.

Unisphere at Columbus Circle day of Women's March 1-20-18It was ironic that I exited the subway right across the street from a Trump hotel. The irony continues: this hotel has a mini-Unisphere in front of it. The Unisphere is the de-facto symbol of the New York City borough of Queens, where I had just come in from. Where Trump was born and raised. Queens overwhelmingly voted against him.

I stood with the throngs at first but could barely hear the speakers so I made my way to the periphery, where I could take it all in.

While women’s equality was the prevalent theme, a myriad of other issues were addressed.

My heart sank every time I saw a #MeToo sign. Surely, the person holding that sign suffered – and survived – some sort of abuse. And here she was, telling the world when not too long ago, “telling” was advised against.

The provocative Brick by Brick was there, stoically lined up in their brick-patterned jumpsuits with revolting Trump quotes. I literally gasped when I saw them; it was that powerful.

There was little to no media coverage of the upcoming march but the police department still prepared: loads of cops and barricades. I felt like we were being corralled; you could only enter or exit the march at a couple of spots and at the end, you could only walk in one of two directions. Perfect dispersal, but pretty anticlimactic.

Still not silent, many participants wandered around the area. Some went to Times Square, some stood at the barricades cheering on the marchers. While the cops were friendly and helpful, I do believe that the leadership’s intention was to keep us from taking over the city as we did last year.

Let’s see how next year’s march goes!

 

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9 thoughts on “Still Not Silent: Scenes from the Second (Annual?) Women’s March

  1. Great post! I went to the March as well and it was a really incredible experience for me. I am glad that #metoo and #TimesUp were at the forefront, and Halsey’s poem was particularly powerful and heartwrenching. Thank you for sharing this. Wish you all the best – speak766

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    1. SO glad you stopped by – I really like your blog. I wish you well in your work with survivors of domestic violence. Weren’t the marches amazing? We are in such good company. Thanks for your kind comment!

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  2. I don’t think the size of the march matters. You don’t have to convince everyone to vote differently, just a few, and a few more to get out and vote. I’ve lost jobs and had close calls at work, but that was in Venezuela. It’s pathetic how the #metoo issue isn’t important to some people but that’s the way the world is.

    I admire your activism, Linda.

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    1. Thanks, Aixa. Every “metoo” woman touched my heart with her bravery. They are the ones who may change future work environments, and I appreciate them for that.
      Thanks for your kind note. Maybe every one of us bloggers is an activist in our own way!

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