Judy’s Report on the Chicago Women’s March
Let’s take a break from our usual topics for some current events. Today Judy went to the Chicago Women’s March, which (with all the other marches that took place today) seems to have provided a much-needed morale boost for those of us not suffering from paranoid delusions or authoritarian personality disorder.
The Chicago march turns out to have been the second biggest in the country, after DC. Organizers had an initial goal of 22,000, then 50,000. In the end, about 250,000 showed up. Not that we’re boasting or anything. Judy took all of these pictures with her phone. (Judy: At the moment LA is claiming to be bigger, but I refuse to believe that.)
With a friend she took the train from the Howard Street L stop – the end of the line. The station was packed with people.
From the first stop, the train was crammed with folks heading to the march. There are a lot of stops on the Red Line. On each one a few more squeezed in, but most were left on the platform waiting for the next train.
Judy says there were so many people that you couldn’t hear the speakers or even see the speaker’s platform. They never even figured out where the speakers were.
That was ok, though, as people enjoyed an almost carnival atmosphere and social solidarity. The weather was stunning — bright sun and almost 60 degrees.
According to the news, the march part of the march was cancelled because of the size of the crowds. However, people seemed to march towards Grant Park, then back to the center of the Loop.
Impromptu chanting occurred along the way.
Here’s the crowd out at Grant Park.
Trump and his political thugs like to say that they represent “real” Americans, as opposed to the coastal elites. I just want to point out that Chicago is more or less in the middle of the country and without a coast, unless you count Lake Michigan.
I’ll let Judy have the last word.
Amazing crowd in Chicago, amazing spirit and energy and determination. I’ve been mesmerized by my Faceboook feed since I got home: reports and photos of huge marches in Boston; NYC; Montpelier, VT; Portland, Maine and Oregon; Seattle; Charleston, WV; Boise, ID; St. Louis; Houston and Austin; Madison; Nashville; and then internationally in Toronto, Antarctica (on a boat), Berlin, London, etc., etc. Oh, yeah, also in Washington, DC, where the crowd appears to have been bigger than the inaugural crowd.
Now we just have to translate this into political action. Not what we usually post on the blog, but if you can make a few calls to your representative and senators, that would be very important. So many important things are at stake, call about whichever ones concern you the most. I’ll mention the one that is near and dear to me: Every person in this wealthy country of ours ought to have access to health care.The ACA is not perfect, but to repeal it without an adequate replacement would be outrageous. As a person who does political work for a living, I can tell you that calls to your members of congress really matter. That goes double if you live in a red state: call and ask them nicely but firmly not to take away the health care that our families, our neighbors, our friends, and our fellow Americans need. Remind them that you vote, and you are watching.
And now back to the flowers!