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My sister-in-law Debbie and I were so fortunate to be able to go to Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March in Washington yesterday. It was an extraordinary day that brought me to tears several times.
We stayed with family in Silver Spring, MD overnight on Friday, and took the metro into the city. We had a long wait to buy metro tickets – the crowds was diverse, dropped off in Maryland by buses, traveling from many hours to get there, and ride the train alongside us to the March.
From the very beginning, it was an inspiring and uplifting day. Everyone’s mood, all day long, was one of Joy and inspiration. While some people were carrying signs that were displays of their upset with our new president, most were positive messages about equal rights and respecting all people.
It was absolutely remarkable to be in a crowd of half of a million people who were completely peaceful. I didn’t hear one angry voice. Everyone was polite and caring. There was almost no food or water available, but everyone had brought their own and some to share.
Despite the huge number of people – there wasn’t trash all over the place, people were picking up after themselves. There was a sense of real respect.
It was beautiful to see so many families, and people of all ages and persuasions.
There were some beautiful reminders of our ancestors – a favorite of mine was the words of Benjamin Franklin:
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
Now, I’m not for being outraged – I truly know that anger is the result of misperception, and still, I get what Ben means. It’s time for us to realize that we’re one with each other FOR REAL and so when one person is disrespected, we all are. Women’s rights are human rights.
The thing that brings me to tears at events like this is that feeling of loving solidarity, common values, the goal is caring for each other, and standing up for each other by standing together.
The main reason I went to Washington, D.C., was to be a visual presence representing the importance of honoring the rights of women, and the second reason was to hold the Light and be a space of Love in the crowd.
I was so happy to feel the Love that was really flowing amongst everyone that I met. It was a very uplifting day.
One remarkable thing was in this massive crowd that went on for as far as the eye could see in all directions, and we did not see one police officer from the time we got off the metro, walking for blocks and blocks. Not until 6 hours later did we see any police.
Everything was peaceful. People could display their fear, anger, worry, doubt, and all their intense concerns, with Love and kindness. How beautiful, how moving, how powerful!
We can do this – we can be the change we’d like to see in the world.
I took so many pictures, and here are some of my favorites – enjoy!
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