Today was a day of marching and protest across the United States – people in other cities around the world marched in solidarity with us. One of the largest marches was here in New York City, and I was privileged to participate in the march. I don’t normally talk about things like this on the blog, but I think it very much fits with the blog’s overall theme. Today yet again I discovered another aspect of my city’s character, and it made me proud to say that I am a New Yorker.
Today’s march was certainly in opposition to the new President, but it was more. It was a statement by women (and the men who marched with them in support) that they demand to be heard. They demand that their rights be protected and their interests be prioritized by the government. The march was a call to action, and I’m hopeful we’ll see people engage in the future with the issues they marched for today.
I took a lot of photos of the march today, and I think that they give a good glimpse of the diversity of people and issues associated with the march.
I’ve heard estimates that 250,000 people or more marched in the New York City parade alone, although I haven’t been able to verify that number yet. I do know that the march was peaceful, coordinated with city leaders and the New York Police Department, and lasted all day long.