It’s been an extraordinary weekend.
I attended the Women’s March in San Jose with several friends, my husband and members of our amazing community.
Like all the sister marches around the world, San Jose broke a record. Organizers expected about 10,000 marchers to converge on San Jose’s City Hall. Our numbers swelled to 25,000. This translated into long lines for public transportation, and a march that took nearly two hours to complete. We joked that it was more of a meander or a crawl than a march. We had the time of our lives.
Together we walked in unity along the route from San Jose City Hall to Cesar Chavez Park in downtown San Jose.
It was exhilarating! Women chanted, sang, smiled and laughed. Sometimes we wept. It was an experience I will never forget. 25,000 people coming together in peaceful solidarity.
Here is a quick snapshot of the day:
It’s hard to describe the outpouring of energy, the camaraderie and the joy. As I walked with my fellow marchers, I felt cocooned in a collective embrace.
My phone battery died early so I didn’t get as many photos as I would have liked. I wish I had photos of all the people waving from buildings along the route, the signs, the children, the sea of pink hats. My friend Rosie observed that “the force was with you today with crowds, weather, significance and attitudes.”
Today I’m joining thousands of others in the campaign 10 Actions for the first 100 Days. Here’s what the website has to say:
10 ACTIONS / 100 DAYS
We did it! On January 21, over 5 Million of us worldwide and over 1 Million in Washington, D.C., came to march, speak and make our voices heard. But it doesn’t end here – now is not the time to hang up our marching shoes – it’s time to get our friends, family and community together and make history.
Every 10 days we will take action on an issue we all care about, starting today.
I’m ready! How about you?
- San Jose Inside: Record Setting Women’s March in San Jose
- Laurie at Life on the Bike and Other Fab Things attended the Women’s March in DC. You can read about her initial impressions here. Check out the photo of the woman elevating her walker along the parade route.
- Karen at The Unassuming Hiker doesn’t like crowds. She brushed aside health concerns and marched anyway, with her daughter and other friends. She took a bus from Virginia to be at the DC march. She shares her own unique perspective here.
- The Pussyhat Project: A bit about the movement, free patterns to knit or sew.