The sky in Tucson intermittently drizzled on the morning of January 21, 2017, the day after Donald Trump’s Inaugural, but still 15,000 people (¡here, in this little cow town!) showed up at Armory Park downtown, for rousing talks and music, followed by a v-e-r-y slow “march” to the library, to merge with the Solidarity Rally. Many imaginative chants were used to buoy our spirits, such as, We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter! Imagine how many more would have joined us if the weather had been good.
Pussyhats. I was rather clueless about that, even though the project4 started Thanksgiving weekend.
We were so crowded together that I only saw one couple I knew, but found out from friends’ Facebook posts that many more were there. Because the downtown streets are so narrow, it took us more than an hour to go 0.6 miles. (I didn’t get any good photos, but here are a few, including a piñata. I was either shooting into the rain or the sun. And wasn’t clever enough to have someone take a photo of me…) Rain started to fall the moment Donald Trump began giving his first speech as US President.8 But the sun did come out here in Tucson; Annie had said that it would:
The sun will come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There’ll be sun…
San Diego police estimate 30,000 to 40,000 people participated in the Women’s March in downtown San Diego. (Photo of a friend – center – who was there.)
But dwarfing us, of course, were the half a million people marching in Washington, DC! (Left EarthCam.) More than the attendees to the inauguration! (Right EarthCam.)
Plus, unlike Trump’s failure to attract A-list celebrities, the DC March had Alicia Keys, Gloria Steinem, Madonna, Cher, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Kerry, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Moore.
It was 23 degrees and snowing in Park City, Utah1, which is hosting the Sundance Film Festival right now, but they had Charlize Theron and other celebrities, and thousands marching.
I actually didn’t know about the hats until Greg said “they are running out of pink yarn”—well, not in Sequim, so I got mine made just in time!
The turnouts around the world were heartwarming- now let’s get to work!
There were approximately 100,000 participants at Women’s March on Denver. (Photo of my cousin there – third from left.)
Chicago had a quarter of a million too. Boston had 100,000 marchers and Elizabeth Warren, among others. But Los Angeles had more marchers than DC, with three quarter of a million!
President Trump tweets on Women’s March protesters: “Why didn’t these people vote?”
With all the numbers in, Clinton ended up winning 65,844,610 votes, which is 48.2% of the total votes. That vote total is good enough to give Clinton the third most votes of any presidential candidate in history (Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 elections are first and second, respectively).3
A friend posted this video on her Facebook page:
And there were also 673 marches around the world! The estimate is 4,814,000 Sister Marchers! Check out the website – it lists all of the cities in the world who participated!5 Even 30 people “marching” in Antarctica! (Good video on this website.)6 Map:7