We made history! I was in awe in Washington, D.C., yesterday of the solidarity, energy, kindness, hopefulness and determination of my fellow marchers. I couldn’t get close enough to the stages to hear the speakers, but I was in the crowds on Independence Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, and the mall singing and chanting verses of empowerment and hopefulness for women, for immigrants, for those who love our planet, for those who honor facts, for those who think that the voices of the majority should be honored in Washington, D.C., for those who think that civil rights, democracy, our environment and education matter more than egos, fortunes, and tweets. Donald Trump’s equivocator-in-chief Kellyanne Conway denied the significance of this march on Meet the Press this morning, saying all of the issues raised in the march had already been debated in the election and had lost along with Hillary Clinton. Earlier today Trump tweeted about the march, “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Celebs hurt cause badly.” But perhaps someone else now has the login to @realDonaldTrump because the first tweet was soon followed up by another: “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”
Early crowd estimates collected by researchers at the University of Connecticut and the University of Denver put the number of marchers worldwide at 3.5 to 4.6 million. Amazing! In Washington, D.C., I was one of about 500,000 protestors. In Los Angeles there were an estimated 750,000, in New York 250,000, and more than 100,000 in other cities including Chicago, Boston, Seattle and Denver. There were some unforgettable signs. A few I thought captured captured some of the overarching themes of the march. Make America Kind Again. Facts Matter. My Body, My Right. Women’s Rights are Human Rights. No Muslim Registry. Stronger Together. And, of course, the incredible pussy hats were out in full force. I have to learn to knit.