Although the focus of the day was the Women's march in Washington, many people attended the hundreds of "sister marches" that occurred around the US and the globe. The following is what I experienced marching with my friends and family. It was a feeling and an experience which I will never forget. An exhilerating day of unity and solidarity with so many across the nation and the world.
The plan was to meet at 6:50 at my house and drive with my cousin Nancy and my friends Lynda, Sherri, Donna, Fran, and Judy to the metro station in Long Beach. Everyone arrived as planned and soon we were ready to ride the rails to downtown Los Angeles.
On our way...
End of the blue line and exiting to the street level 7th and Hope
We make a short stop at 7th and Grand (Bottega Louie pastisserie and restaurant) en route to Pershing Square.
We spot Joce and friends across the street
Vicente and Joce with their friends Al, Alison and Jack
We are fortunate the restaurant has a table for us and we are feeling relieved to sit and relax away from the huge crowds. Later we will come to learn the crowds never moved. The crowd of more than 750,000 people far exceeded the expected numbers in attendance. All surrounded streets of the appointed venues were immobilized because of the number of people. So in fact, we had made a wise choice to go against the crowds and head back. Once we were seated and within minutes we could see hoards of people walking by the restaurant heading toward the metro station. Very soon a line formed for tables to the now full restaurant.
our group of happy marchers ready for food and drink
We finally reach our friends Karen and Jo and they are able to meet up with us for awhile
My family and friends marched with me in various parts of the United States as did supporters around the world.
Cousins Lisa and her daughter Emma
As we stood shoulder to shoulder in the massive crowds the chanting around us resounded:
"What does Democracy look like?"
and the crowds all around us yelled:
"THIS is what Democracy looks like!"
These pictures tell it all!
. "This is what Democracy looks like!"