I went to the Women's March yesterday in San Jose, and it was a most edifying and encouraging experience.
Police estimated the crowd at 25,000! Surely, it marks a most historic statistic in the annals of marching in San Jose! And, most definitely the nation!
The San Jose Mercury News gave Mayor Sam Liccardo's view of the Women's March: "In San Jose, Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted an overhead photo of “a beautiful crowd” around City Hall, and added a hashtag that said, “This is what democracy looks like.”" http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/20/bay-area-womens-marches-where-when-and-why/
CBS reported: "Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, was one of the speakers at the event and said it is the largest demonstration in San Jose’s history." http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/01/21/san-jose-womens-march-protest/
So, why did I go to the Women's March in San Jose'?
I went to the women's March in San Jose' to:
- support my sisters and brothers around the world, our nation's most vulnerable groups, refugees, immigrants, Muslims, "Minorities", gay, impoverished, persons with disability, the multitude of incarcerated and people hungering for truth and justice
- support truth; Trump received less than 2.8 million votes
- demand an investigation into Trump's connections to Russia and to know what he knew, when he knew it, and how he knew it, and to discern how that connection to Putin affected the election, i.e. to question the legitimacy of this election
- protest Trump's abominable Cabinet nominees
- protest his conflicts of interest, thinking he is impeachable today!
- try to put the brakes on Trump's most egregious promises, beginning with the proposed wall and deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.
It certainly seems like I have been marching since the great 60's in this country, but this march was really amazing!! A mass of people standing up for social justice and standing up to a bully, who has no mandate from the people, whose trigger reactions are scary beyond belief, and whose first actions portend a dire regressive turn in our country.
Trump's first actions: Begin the rollback of Obamacare, eliminate the cuts in mortgage premium insurance rates, removal of references to Climate Change and LGBT issues and berating journalists for their accurate reporting on his paltry inauguration numbers, to be supported by a Press Secretary who cites "alternative facts" about those same attendance figures. Who will ever believe him? Not a good beginning!
If there is one motto appropriate to the times, surely this Jefferson quote stands out!
Friday, on the day of the inauguration, I also marched in protest at the Federal Building in San Jose' and my husband and I hung a black tie around one of our house columns, because our nation is not the one we knew.
As Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted on the Day of the Women's March, "This is what democracy looks like!"