protest march

Women’s March, Salisbury, Connecticut

Women's March, Salisbury, Connecticut

Salisbury, Connecticut.

I found a “sister march” in a small town north of us and we decided to join there rather than in New York.

It was very meaningful to get out among like-minded people from many of the small towns around this area and while many of us have been upset about the election, being together gave us a bit of hope.

There were about 500 people at this gathering, no doubt one of the smaller marches that happened yesterday. Amazingly, through smartphones and social media, folks in our march were directly connected with friends and family in other marches the world over.

I saw scenes of DC, New York, and numerous other marches in both the US and around the world. I have to say, even though I’m not active on social media (any more), just like the Green Revolution in Iran, it’s extremely useful to be able to see what’s going in other places on earth in real time.

This was a significant demonstration, now let’s hope we can keep it up.

Iraq protest march

iraq_marchI was out in San Francisco a year ago last month. I had not planned to march against the upcoming invasion of Iraq even though I was against it (still am, even more so now).

I found myself trying to cross Market Street during the march and got caught up in it. Shades of my youth demonstrating the Vietnam war in Eugene, Oregon and elsewhere. Same types of people, same whiffs of pot smoke in the air, same everything.

I knew I’d gotten older when I found myself questioning whether thumbing ones nose at “the establishment” by smoking pot in a protest march was the best thing to do. “Liberals” have been marginalized enough in recent years so why make it easier to stereotype us?

One thing I could get behind fully was the above sign. That to me said and says it all.

Don’t just march, vote.