Streaming out of the subway in waves of pink exuberance, New York City women had lost none of the energy from last year’s Women’s March. Signs abounded, screaming opposition to Donald Trump and the harm his decisions have done to American life and the welfare of the planet. America is a nation of immigrants, so DACA and immigration were major themes. Women’s rights— #MeToo, abortion and pay parity— were the other main focus.
There were people in costume, like the man covered with dollar bills and other currencies, all splattered with blood. They were bands. One had a tuba, clarinets, saxophones, a trombone, a melodica, tambourines and, of course, drums. Another was all drums, played by women in blue, dancing and drumming. Fogo Azul (blue fire) wore blue pussy hats. They had everyone in earshot moving and dancing.
Many creative, artistic signs.
“A woman’s place is in the House, the Senate, the White House.”
“It doesn’t say ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled Norwegians yearning to breathe free.'”
We all enjoyed ourselves, but we appreciated
“Resign. Don’t make me march again.”
The march was scheduled to begin at 71st St. and Columbus Avenue at 11 a.m. My group met at 66th and Columbus at 11:30. By that time,, Central Park West, the main route, was inaccessible from the side streets, so the March was directed up Columbus to join the mainstream on Central Park West. It took us three hours to reach Central Park West at 77th St. A policeman told me that people had to march to 91st St. to reach the end of the line.
The procession began to move a little faster as the shadows lengthened and people peeled off.
At 4 o’clock I was the only one of my party left. I reached Columbus Circle (59th St.) and the spirit was willing, but the flesh was weakening. I told myself it was okay not to continue. I had, after all, marched 22 blocks in three hours only to return to my starting point. I wish I’d had a seat in the helicopter overhead to see the barely moving double flow of enthusiastic people waving signs and making music in a huge demonstration of solidarity.
An sea of pink, pussy-hatted women of all ages–
Not every pussyhat was worn by a woman.
Although the vast majority of marchers were women, supporting men took part too.
Of the several themes, the most consistent, the one that tied the others together, was anti-Trump anger.
His boastful claim that when he sees an attractive woman he “grabs her by the pussy” was of course the inspiration for the pussy hat.
There were little pussycats
Big cats roared in defiance.
Covered with bloodied currency, this figure embodied scandal and corruption:
Rounding up the usual suspects for Special Counsel Robert Mueller:
Votes, instead of pussies, were proposed for grabbing instead.
Getting out the vote to defeat Republicans and Trump in particular was a popular theme.
There were references to #MeToo.
Plunder of the Earth was a pressing concern.
And the music played and the marchers danced.
And of course, the Trump Shutdown.
Trump’s unforgettable language.