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My reflection from yesterday's Women's March on Austin—January 21, 2017
Women's march in Austin, Texas - Saturday, January 21, 2017
Here's my reflection from yesterday's march
that I shared with friends:
Me and my family at yesterday's march.
I did a Women's march and bought some
flowers today. And the weather was
spectacular and made for a healthy, community-building, space for engaging one another.
The peaceful coming together of so many
tens of thousands of people to such a beautiful thing to behold...
A march...a women's march. Mujeres! Primas, sobrinas, amigas, e hijas.
Nos gozamos mucho.
One knows the merits of a movement, any movement or mobilization, by the effects that it has on the individuals that are a part of it. So I felt peaceful. I felt joyful. Peace and blessings to all of us. Truly.
Let us not lose sight of the prize. Let's not let ego or privilege rule. Let's re-invent this
system from the grassroots up. Grassroots democracy, our roots as a country. And as peoples that are native to this continent.
I sure hope people are feeling it this way. At least in my
circles, there is a great deal of positive energy and excitement.
We do have to "win" this one. But it's far, far more than
that. It's also simultaneously a defining moment and a moment of defining, strategizing, and financing a different values orientation, a different way of living and being in the world.
Let's be done away with the managerial approaches, particularly the most regimented
ones. Regardless, let's embrace democracy and the democratic process. Let's re-discover them to their fullest potential. Let's turn this narrative on its head.
And may a good spirit, nourished by positive intentions, coupled with a passion for social
justice, work to guide us as we build a new world out of the embers of "disaster capitalism."
To all of this, I'll add a couple of pertinent news stories and
urge folks to stay close to this blog and my Twitter account @vlnzl as we have significant battles this legislative session in Texas. I also have a good number of students writing policy briefs and portfolios this session and they're looking for offices and/or organizations to work with. Please let me know ASAP if you have use of one of our enormously talented students to work on legislation, most especially related to education policy.
Millions of Americans have taken to the streets from New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between as the Women's Marches on Washington is estimated to be the biggest one-day protest in US history.
Millions of Americans have taken to the streets from New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between as the Women’s Marches on Washington is estimated to be the biggest one-day protest in US history.
UConn professor Jeremy Pressman is keeping a running total of crowd estimates across the United States in a Google document.
An estimated 60,000 people marched in Atlanta. 250,000 are marching in Chicago. There are estimates of 250,000 people in Boston, and 200,000 more in Denver. In New York, the estimate ranges from 200,000-500,000. City officials estimate that 500,000 people participated in the main march in Washington, DC. In Los Angeles, the estimate is anywhere from 200,000-750,000.
There were also protests of 60,000 in Oakland, CA, 50,000 in Philadelphia, 100,000 in Madison, WI, 20,000 in Pittsburgh, 20,000 in Nashville, TN, and 60,000 in St. Paul, MN.
1982’s anti-nuclear march in New York City drew an estimated crowd of 1 million. The 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington drew 250,000. 1969 anti-Vietnam war march in Washington was attended by an estimated 500,000-600,000. 1995’s Million Man March was attended by 400,000-1.1 million. In 1993, the LGBT March for equal rights had a crowd of 800,00-1 million.
There has never been anything in US history like the Women’s March. It is nationwide, and proof that the American people are not going accept the agenda of the Trump administration without a serious fight.