Saturday morning at 8:26 we left our house to go to Downtown LA to attend the historic Woman's March. I was the only female in the car, but not the only feminist: Melvin, my youngest son, his friend Lucas, and my husband Kent joined me. "Men of Quality, are not afraid of Equality". In DTLA we met up with our friend Emi & her activist puppy, Forrest.
People gathered at Pershing Square, where the march was supposed to take off at 10. We arrived at 8:45 and had plenty of time to enjoy the mixed crowd of people from ALL walks of life. The expressed creativity in signs, t-shirts, and costumes were endless and spot on. Live music and beats from drums in the crowd contributed to a happy atmosphere. And being in a mixed crowd always makes me feel so at home! “My race – human” to quote one of the signs.
At 10 the chanting began, “Ready to go – Ready to go” but nothing was moving. We were stuck. Around 11 things finally started moving, slowly. They had to re-route the crowd instructing us to start walking in all directions and not according to the original plan. They did not expect 750,000 people to show up! 750,000 Angelenos! This report from the police makes this event even more spectacular:
“Los Angeles Police officers have been out in full force, but no issues have been reported. As of 2 p.m., the agency reported no arrests had been made. 'The streets of downtown Los Angeles are emptying and you can be proud of your city' police said in a statement, noting attendees exercised their First Amendment rights in a joyous and peaceful manner.”
To experience this event in person was oh so mighty! And it felt even mightier when I came home, read the news, and realized that this was one of the biggest global manifestations in history. Over 3 million people gathered all over the globe to march for our planet's survival!
Celebrity spotting of the day - Jamie Lee Curtis & Jane Fonda:
Affirmation of the week - I AM THE REVOLUTION
Very early in life, I experienced manifestations for peace and equality. My dad was, at the time I grew up, a political refugee from South Africa living in exile in Sweden. He was 'black-listed' and not able to travel back to his native country, because of his affiliation with the ANC and similar organizations, that was working to end apartheid.
He played his music in schools all over Europe, educating kids about the NASTY political system of his childhood's South Africa. Our family tagged along on his summer tours, sometimes me and my brother would sing with him on stage, proudly wearing our hard core t-shirts with the print below. Note, this was in the 70’s…
To witness the official end of apartheid in 1994, to celebrate the day when Nelson Mandela was released from prison and - the greatest memory of all - to travel with my dad, a free man, back to South Africa, forever sparked my hope and the feeling that “The Greater Good” will always win, eventually.
That same feeling was tangible yesterday, at the Woman’s march. The feeling that everything is possible, even world peace. We just need to believe that change is possible, and we need to understand that WE have to be that change, we need to be the revolution. Not “them”, but WE. You and I included.
Affirmation of the week: I AM THE REVOLUTION was at first my tribute to Bernie Sanders. This exceptional politician who has been working diligently for world peace and social justice since the 60’s. But you don't have to love Bernie to get inspired by this affirmation. This is a reminder that we're in this together, and that we are all important, and that one voice is enough to change things for the better.
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones that we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek" (Barack Obama).