Yesterday I was lucky enough to be part of a movement, an event, a cause so worthwhile and important that I couldn't help but feel a rush, a buzz, a euphoria from the energy that surrounded the street as I stood there among throngs of people who were there for the very same reason I was. But while this march was titled the "Women's March" one look around proved that this was a march for more than just what the title suggested and indeed there were men, women, grandfathers, grandmothers, children, even dogs! There were people marching for not just womens' rights, but for healthcare, immigration, the environment, climate change, LGBTQ rights, sexual harrasment and basic equality for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, colour or religion. To be a part of such a big crowd and to feel the energy was wonderful. I am only one cog in this huge machine of people that were scattered not just across the United States but the entire world. And it was peaceful. And friendly. And fun. People smiled and talked and upheld each other's values and convictions. Not a single arrest. It was extraordinary! I happen to be part of the Women's March in Bellingham, but every major city in the United States and Canada as well as many countries the world over participated. To me this was symbolic of humanity at its finest. There is so much good in the world and yesterday that good was evident in droves. Here are some pictures:
A lot of the crowd wore pink and a lot of pink hats everywhere! I, of course wore green, DUH. I didn't know to wear pink. Trevor of course, wore his signature colour - blue! The signs that people carried all had different messages, but they were all unique, creative and some were very funny!
There was so much people, the crowd was larger than expected. I believe that in Bellingham the estimated number of people that turned out was over 10,000. And then there were the 4 legged variety as well!
And also, the food! There were several food trucks to choose from.
Trevor and I ended up ordering some vegetable fritters from a vendor who we found out sells their food every weekend at the Bellingham Farmer's Market so I know we will be visiting them there again!. The woman deep frying the fritters was hard at work making more of these yummy concoctions for all to taste. Their booth was quite popular -- we heard one man say to them, "I've never tasted curry this good before!"
The whole day was such a great experience -- the march route which was a mile long was full of people. And it was safe and peaceful! Thank you to Bellingham Police Dept for keeping everyone safe.
With all the events leading up to today's march, and all the injustices that I feel are happening around the world, yesterday was a day of empowerment. To witness the crowd holding up their signs and feeling empowered to make a difference -- that was the best part of yesterday. Everyday I learn a little something new about myself. Yesterday, I learned that I can be a voice that can and will make a difference. And I can and will continue to participate and make my voice heard. A single voice may not be heard, but when we speak in masses, the sound we create cannot be ignored. I urge any of you who feel you need to fight for your rights or for anything you believe in to do so. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.