On January 20, 2017 America inaugurated its 45 president, a man so manifestly unqualified, so repugnantly vulgar and so clearly dangerous that on January 21, 2017 millions of Americans including half a million men, women and children in the same capitol that had hosted the inauguration the day before, went into the streets to show their resistance to bigotry, racism, xenophobia and a new, and uniquely squalid form of governance.
We asked our many members and friends who attended the Women’s Marchs to send us their photos and Stories. We’re pleased to share some of them with you today. It seems like we are under constant attack these days. Our country, our values and our very history are being chipped away at by a small, active minority backed by massive amounts of money and propelled by a concerted and coordinated propaganda campaign. Against that, one march might not seem that important, but on that day, we owned the streets and the world heard what we had to say. It was not an end, it was a beginning. We got some great responses, here’s a sample. Thank You All!
“It wasn’t a March, we never really moved, there were so many of us that we spilled out everywhere”
Nancy, Washington D.C.
“My Boyfriend got me up on his shoulders cause I’m short… so many people!”
Kelly, New York
“For the first time in a year, I felt hopeful”
Linda, Washington D.C.
“The election wrecked me, this reminded me how many good people there still are”
Denise, Los Angeles
“I was amazed at how patient everyone was”
Lora, Washington D.C.
“Right at the end of the rally a large, spontaneous parade of 20-somethings wound its way through the crowd shouting the slogans on their hand-painted signs, and their energy and passion gave me so much hope. Later, when I saw the amazing pictures from all the other marches around the world, I realized what was most important for me about the day: none of us were marching in support of a candidate or leader, instead we were there in support of the rights and values we all believe in”
Beth, Parkland Fl.
APV Member Kortenay Gardiner in DC Jan. 21, 2017
“I walked with my mom and my daughter, I was so proud to be there”
Don’t despair, we are gonna keep at this and we are gonna come out on the other side.