Last year I wrote that I attempted to attend the Women’s March but got stuck in the subway because it was crowded like a can of sardines. At this year’s 2018 Women’s March in Los Angeles, I was smarter. I got to the subway early and easily boarded a half-empty car. In less than 45 minutes I was at Pershing Square in Downtown LA.
Because I was early, I was able to stand on the stairs directly in front of the stage to listen to the speakers. At first, I wondered if it was going to be a small crowd, but within an hour, the streets swarmed with people. Along with pink-hatted women, there were plenty of men and children armed with protest signs that voiced their concerns and anger toward the state of our democracy. People of all races, religions, ethnicities, and ages showed up to march and many Baby Boomers were among them.
The march was significantly different from last year. In 2017 it was primarily a wake. We were shocked that America had elected a crass, narcissistic, celebrity billionaire. This year it was all about taking action and rejecting the bullying, nasty infighting, lying, creepiness, racism, incompetence, and chaos of last year.
Decency must be returned to America to make it great
I don’t care what party you’re affiliated with. To stand in silence when our country is being made a laughing stock to the world is tantamount to a crime. To deregulate the safety and security of our planet is murder. To let a “many times over” accused sexual predator get away with his misogyny – while others have lost their entire careers – is like you’re sticking your head in the sand like an ostrich. Our current President is a con man and hundreds of thousands of people all over the country are calling him out.
The 2018 Women’s March was about snapping out of our shock and doing something about it
We heard from speakers that encompassed the gamut of the human condition. Native Americans who had their land stolen from them and were sold as slaves, right here in Los Angeles, DACA Dreamers, the LGBTQ community, victims of rape culture, Filipino health care workers who care for elderly parents and others, Muslim women who are fighting extreme discrimination, millennials who will be leading our nation someday, politicians, and celebrities.
The beautiful thing about Los Angeles is its diversity. I know it may be hard to comprehend how important these issues are for people who live in communities that are primarily white. You don’t see swarms of homeless people, graffiti, gangs, or ICE men coming. It’s understandable but we are all human being and need to have compassion for each other. Unlike the concept of America First – we are all occupants of the same planet.
500,000 women, men and kids strong
By the time the pre-march speakers had finished, the streets were filled with people and signs. It took a long time to move an inch down the street to be able to move forward. In the morning, the crowd had risen to 200,000 and by the end of the day, there were well over 500,000 people jamming the streets and Grand Park. The Los Angeles Women’s March was the largest in the country for 2017 and 2018 probably because we have great weather. It was a stunningly beautiful day and I had to reapply my sunscreen.
As I marched down the street, I grabbed a street dog from an immigrant vendor. They were set up all over the march route. It was a yummy hot dog wrapped in bacon with onions. (I don’t usually eat hot dogs but I was starving) People don’t realize that the “so-called wall” will mainly keep out our gardeners, housekeepers, farmworkers, and street vendors who make a pittance and send money back to their families so they can survive. Billionaire drug dealers are much more sophisticated and aren’t worried about a stinkin’ expensive wall to hold them back.
As we reached Grand Park, there were acres of white tents set up with tables manned by political action groups so people could sign up sign up to volunteer or donate to causes.
Celebrities and politicians in droves
I came to the 2018 Women’s March by myself, which made it easier to maneuver the crowd and squeezed my way closer to the front of City Hall where a stage was set up. It was still hard to see and hear but I listened to speeches by Scarlett Johannson, Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Rob Reiner, Allison Janney, Olivia Munn and songs sung by Adina Mendel and Melissa Ethridge.
Of course, the Tweeter in Chief chimed in about the 2018 Women’s March with an inane chirp. He, along with his cronies, will pretend that this YUGE nation-wide march didn’t happen. He will marginalize it and make it sound like we’re a bunch of whining liberals who are still in mourning from the election. 500,000 thousand people is a TREMENDOUS number, and this time, you can bet they weren’t all liberals. If you add up all the other marches, which were also YUGE, that’s an enormous amount of people who are on a mission to overturn his administration.
Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
Women are powerful
Look at what happened in Alabama. Roy Moore wasn’t elected due mostly to black women. We are seeking a return to dignity and decency in the White House. We reject liars, bigotry, humiliation, inhumanity, and especially, Orange con artist Shitholes.
For me, this transcends party lines
I know plenty of decent, smart, and capable Republicans who are as horrified as “bleeding heart” liberals. Please do not stand in silence and let our democracy be destroyed. Don’t be fooled by the Fake and tabloid news. Journalism matters. Preserve the freedom of the press and get the facts from reliable sources. Elect more women to government. Do what you can to help others and volunteer.
I realize we may have political differences but that wasn’t what the 2018 Women’s March was about. (contrary to what others, including other women, will tell you) It didn’t focus primarily on women’s rights, even though it was certainly part of it. It was more about human rights, kindness, and preserving our great democracy that is being torn apart by ugliness. Women are a powerful force. We must use our power and empower those who are younger than us to preserve and protect our world and ALL who live in it.