Historic Women’s March Shows First Amendment in Action

Posted on 22 January 2017 by Editor

Kinderland at March

Tuxedo, NY resident Sue Scher, originally from Brooklyn, attended the Women’s March in NYC with old friends from her Camp Kinderland days, a camp in Tolland, MA founded in 1923 by Jewish activists as a retreat for children from the tenements of NYC.

Saturday morning in Sloatsburg started off foggy from unseasonable muggy weather, but a small group of area women were already on their way to Manhattan to merge with others traveling into the city from across the Hudson Valley, and beyond. The first thing people saw upon arriving in the city were others streaming in from subway stops and buses, and plenty of colorful signs on display.

The day in the city turned out to be one for the history books, as similar mass marches of men and women took place across the country.

I'm with HerThe Women’s March that took place Saturday, January 21, in big American cities and quiet small towns alike, from Denver and Los Angeles to Chicago, New York City, Denver, L.A., Seattle, and Washington, D.C., was historical in proportion and represented a mass demonstration of people peaceably assembling for social and economic justice and civil liberty — with many anxious that the country is on the cusp of radical change.

The #WomensMarch was also a display of protest by hundreds of thousands of women who had anticipated and hoped that this January would see the inauguration of the first female U.S. president.

USA Today reported that the gathering in Washington D.C. alone was on the scaleWe March Because of the 1963 civil rights march and the 1967 anti-Vietnam demonstrations, with more than 500,000 people flooding the National Mall.

“This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy like I have never seen in my very long life,” said feminist icon Gloria Steinem in the USA Today report.

Donald Trump tapped into a similar fervor and energy with U.S. heartland voters to capture an electoral college presidential victory, even while losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

Sloatsburg’s Kathy Goldman ventured into NYC with a group from Camp Kinderland that included Tuxedo resident Sue Scher, and said that the Manhattan crowds were like “flowing in a peaceful, gentle sea of humanity.”

Constant Vigilance“It was my first march ever and man it was awesome,” said Goldman. “I really got a good taste of the positive community of New Yorkers. People were kind, no belligerent idiots, no trashing the streets.”

The many colorful signs people created were also part of the Women’s March, which also had roots in statements and behavior toward women exhibited by now President Donald Trump during his presidential campaign — some of the behavior goes back years, with perhaps his most infamous incident being the 2005 Billy Bush hot mic braggadocio about what he described as certain perks of celebrity.

More signs from the historical Woman's March in NYC that took place on Saturday, January 21, 2017. / Photos by Kathy Goldman

More signs from the historical Women’s March in NYC that took place on Saturday, January 21, 2017. / Photos by Kathy Goldman

Many people who attended Saturday’s march were much like Sloatsburg’s Goldman, ordinary people who wanted to stand united with others, and in the process put on a display by the popular vote, showing that it also has a voice and is prepared to use it. Only time will tell if the progressive energy on display Saturday can be sustained and impact the lives, and decisions, of heartland voters and political parties.

 

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Dave Veraja Says:

    Interesting to see so many people with so much time on their hands with seemingly nothing better to do but travel to NYC and protest, oh and the Lazy ones went to Nyack to protest . Thankyou to all the protesters for exercising your [rights] and providing us with free entertainment. Thank you all. USA first. Make America great again. America first.

  2. Erika Jones Says:

    America IS Great. E pluribus unum.

  3. Anne Nissen Says:

    I went to the Women’s March in Washington, and it was wonderful to be one of so many excited and committed people. We marchers, Mr. Veraja, also want the United States to be great. Speaking for myself, I attended the march primarily because President Trump says global warming is a hoax. That’s clearly not true. In the 1960s and ‘70s, when I grew up in the area, you could go skiing all winter at Sterling Forest Ski Center (now closed), and when I moved to Pine Grove about 20 years ago, everyone skated on the lower lake and families passed skates one to another. It was 70 degrees last Christmas. Look outside now. Where have winters gone? What will happen to our beautiful mountains? I hear your anger about our national situation. You and I may disagree with how that came to pass and about what to do to fix it, but I too am an American, and as such I and all the marchers are entitled to respect and the opportunity to express what we think America is and should be, just as you are.

  4. E Smith Says:

    Concerns about womens’ rights and this President are genuine but time to pull together. President Trump deserves a chance and unfortunately it seems, to those of us not at the march, that many of the marchers are not willing to give the administration that opportunity. There is a difference between genuine protest and obstruction. Obstructionists are a day late and a dollar short. Who cares if “you’re with her”….she lost, honey. Time to get on-board. Why did the Womens’ march not condemn the radial nasty anti-American comments by Madonna? Rather then condemn this vitriol, organizers gave her and other nasty radicals a platform and a microphone.
    Good to see that despite the global warming were many snowflakes in DC this year. Anne, thanks for sharing your anecdotal evidence. I do not agree with the conclusions you apparently draw from that but we can agree on one thing….in the next few months I believe there is going to be a significant warming of temperatures across the entire country. See you at the beach, honey.

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