This Is What Democracy Looks Like

A couple of weeks ago, my wife mentioned a women’s march on Boston Common scheduled for the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. She said that women were knitting pink hats to wear as a sign of solidarity. (She did not use the term “pussy hat”.) Both the event and the chance to knit attracted my wife. “Do you want to come with me?” she asked.


Over the past week, she checked the event’s website daily. First 10,000 people had signed up, then 25,000. By yesterday, 70,000 people had signed up. We arrived at the event an hour before it was to begin. We were fairly close to the front. The crowd began to fill in and we stationed ourselves not too far away from the jumbotron. When the event was originally planned, the organizers thought that 25,000 people might show up and planned as such. As it was an unseasonably warm day, it has been estimated that 125,000 people came to march.

That is a problem. That part of the Boston Common is bounded by a tall, spiked, wrought-iron fence. Once the speeches were done, it took us well over an hour to make our way to the park exit to begin marching the relatively short route in equally clogged streets. But it was all okay. People sang; people chanted; people talked and joked with total strangers. On the ride home, I played the BBC News Hour and we listened to reports from rallies in Washington, DC and all over the world. My wife and I arrived home tired but happy we went.

It was also a strange march. While it was mostly about women’s issues, with lots of references to parts of the female anatomy on signs and shirts, there were also signs about LBGTQIA issues, racial issues, environmental issues and the current U.S. President in general. We are a divided country and today was the losing party’s opportunity to let off some steam. It was really the first chance to do so since election night in November. Will it make a difference? In and of itself, no; but if people take this energy and use it to organize, then perhaps.

31 thoughts on “This Is What Democracy Looks Like

  1. Dina

    This is heartwarming and powerful, what we need. Peaceful demos. It’s absolutely amazing and truly wonderful to watch this progress. Keep walking! 👣don’t tolerate hate 👣

  2. Annie

    Although I was away on a trip, I was right there in heart and soul with all who marched around the world. Thanks for your important and powerful words.

  3. Miss Gentileschi

    Fantastic title, wonderful pics and a great post, Chris!! Thank you for sharing and I’m glad everything went peaceful. You’re right that it probably won’t have a political effect but it has one for the people’s feelings and knowing that they’re not alone with their disappointment helps also a lot.

  4. The Coastal Crone

    Thanks to your wife and to you for joining her! Hopefully, it made Trump realize that he is not the only voice in the US and perhaps people will be energized to get out and vote the next election, not just the presidential one!

  5. exoticnita54

    I guess it only goes to show that he really doesn’t have everyone’s approval…

    All 👀 eyes 👀 on him..

    I’m just sorry 😐 for the lower class.. when he finally gets his shit going..

    Just wish we had more power to debate with..
    we’ll see though..

    So glad you were part of it..
    good job 👏

  6. reocochran

    I am vocal in my area and suggest people to check out their “facts” and not blindly follow someone who they think is making a difference. The difference isn’t pretty, nice or peaceful. He tries to create tension, stride and talks not at all like a President should. I had hope and on my January first days, really expected more out of his advisors. (No, I did not vote for him but gave him the “benefit of the doubt!”) Smiles, Robin
    Have a happy weekend, Chris!

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      It is not an easy time right now in our country. I hope all of this strife leads to something productive. I am trying not to bash everything the new administration does but at times they make it a challenge to be positive.


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