I did not participate because I had guests coming over on Saturday (planned way ahead), and I’m a horrible lazy bum who doesn’t want to get stuck in LA traffic for hours. (Our guests did – for an hour – and they were nowhere near downtown). Rough estimates by the news put 500,000 ~ 750,000 people protesting that day. Wow. I was blown away by the aerial pictures of Chicago and that was about 250,000 people. I…shudder to imagine what LA downtown looked like.
All in all millions of people marched all over the world on Saturday. It was…quite uplifting to see peaceful protest like this (zero violence, zero arrests) taking place in such a divided America. There’s the usual noise from reddit users on threads that cover this feat: what’re you protesting now that Trump is already sworn in? Where were all these women on voting day? Well, the mission is very clear and easy to find on their website (here), and the women who could vote were THERE on election day and the ones who couldn’t were UNDERAGE. It just didn’t matter at the time, because majority of these protesters already live in liberal cities in blue states. It’s the ones living in red states that needed to vote, but with the current state of gerrymandering even if they did, the states would probably still be solid red.
There were talks of repealing the Electoral College, which, in my opinion, won’t happen. Just like taking money out of politics and limiting politician terms other than the president. Not happening, at least in my life time. No congressmen would vote to do themselves harm and make it harder for their upcoming constituents. Just, aren’t happening. People aren’t magnanimous enough. Individuals are, but not people as a whole. Best case scenario is that we get close, but couldn’t push the last bit needed until the current generation die out and the younger, more liberal folks have more liberal children, and those children then get old enough to mature and vote. So…roughly 40 years? By the time I’m a grandmother in my 70s I probably would see some tangible progress then. And even that is optimistic gauging. Someone said progress is won one funeral at a time. I completely agree.
Still, it’s a nice thing to see so many different people had come together for the Women’s March. And also that the march’s website clearly stated it’s only the beginning. This was to get folks rallied, and now there need to be concrete steps for change. I think for the first time in a long, long time the US public are going to pay attention to local elections and the midterm elections in 2018, which is good! The movement started very strong, but can it keep up for two years and stay focused, especially in the rural red states? That is the billion dollar question.