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31 responses to “Today NYC”

  1. lorigreer says :

    Gratitude and support for these women!!

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  2. kirkistan says :

    Hurrah! Our daughter was marching today in St. Paul! 60,000 folks showed up in the sleety rain. I’m so proud of people for standing up! Way to go, Kerfe!

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  3. kestrelart says :

    Were you there?
    I am on call this weekend, if not, I would have joined the march in London with my family. It’s not just US citizens who need to be listened too, America First is a threat to us too. A “great” trade deal will barter away our health system so we pay your outrageous prices for pharmaceuticals and treatment will no longer be free at the point of need.

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  4. That Nobody Art Blog says :

    This is possibly a comment you won’t want to approve, but maybe you are up for having another opinion 🙂 I think these women have a lot of courage and I have respect for them and the fact that they are willing to take a stand for what they believe in. I think Trump is DEFINITELY not the ideal man to be our president and I don’t agree with how light his attitude about women and all that other stuff has been. Having said that, we have a constitution that we as a country put together to help keep things in check and to run smoothly (run the way that WE decided) and whether we like it or not, the constitution is what allowed Trump to be our president it was fair and, well, constitutional. As a country, we voted to elect him and all other representatives. I know MANY are upset, but not accepting him as our president is like being on a plane and wanting the pilot to crash… while we are all on there! What’s done is done and hopefully we can learn and be better in the future, but until then, let’s pray for him to succeed and help this country. Maybe we will be surprised 🙂

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    • 10000hoursleft says :

      It’s the unpleasant (yet pre-empted) surprises most of the world is concerned about.

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      • That Nobody Art Blog says :

        I TOTALLY understand that! I am just trying to send positive vibes full of hope in a time when many are scared and discouraged.

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      • 10000hoursleft says :

        Positive vibes are well and good, but I and millions of others around the world (after all USA is not the only country in the world) do not hold the office in such high regard that we will be passive and hope that dear leader will turn out great. Let’s remember that Hitler, Mussolini and Franco were also elected once upon a time. Remember too that this man has no mandate, so it isn’t a case of people not accepting the process of government, many more people voted democrat. I am not discouraged, I am positive and I am hopeful- I see hope in a new wave of engagement and cooperation between individuals and a great demonstration of the power of individuals reacting to what has happened. We will work together to ensure the swap is well and truly drained, starting with getting this Goldman Sachs government out in 4 years time. There is no reality in ‘America First’ when so many issues are global. I could go on, but I wont…

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      • Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says :

        Thanks for both expressing your opinions. You made me think about why it was important for people who are offended by Trump’s words and actions to march today. And thanks Kerfe for posting your photos of the march in NYC – it gives me hope to see all that “pink power”, so many people who care about human rights and the environment.

        The cool thing about democracies is that everyone can express their opinion, so all the spoken opinions can be heard. And then everyone who listens can think about the different opinions and change their thoughts and actions if they are so inclined.

        The US Constitution specifically supports freedom of speech and, when it was written, it was a step forward in history for human rights. One of the central ideas of the Constitution is the protection of human rights. It gives people the right to challenge their government if this government is infringing upon these rights. Trump’s racist and misogynistic statements, and his utter disregard for the environment, are violations of basic human rights and Americans should protest this.

        Trump was not elected by most Americans. He was elected by the Electoral College. More people voted for Hillary Clinton (over 2.8 million more). The US Constitution was written by a group of very rich white men and has since been amended by other men, women and people of non-caucasian cultural backgrounds. These amendments happen because people speak up when they feel oppressed and they don’t agree with the existing status of the government.

        Trump has uttered many statements which are disrespectful of women, statements which a huge number of people find disgusting and entirely unacceptable from the leader of a powerful, democratic nation. Everyone who marched in Washington today and who marched in more than 600 cities throughout the world is expressing their opinion that they are not ok with his words and actions. People marched in Washington because the US government is a democracy and they marched in other cities too because Trump’s words and actions have a global impact.

        I like these words by Theodore Roosevelt:

        The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

        — The Kansas City Star, 18 May 1918

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      • 10000hoursleft says :

        That Roosevelt quote is great, and so relevant to this day! Not to be a pedant, but I am not sure a true democracy exists anywhere, where there are disparities in education, wealth etc…manipulating people who are not informed, and rising through the ranks based on money raised doesn’t speak of a true democracy to me. But perhaps that is a larger problem to be solved at a later date, while others are more pressing and call for immediate action.

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      • Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says :

        I agree that equal access to education and a fairer access to monetary resources makes for a better democracy by creating a better informed population. However, a lot of educated women voted for Trump. They felt that they could shrug off his disrespectful words and behaviour towards women because he wants to provide more jobs at the expense of the environment and supports “conservative values” such as anti-abortion and marriage only for heterosexuals. I suppose Trump’s election shows that the US could benefit from better education but it also shows that a large number of Americans are sexist and racist and that a lot of activism and change is still needed to shift these points of view. What I’ve been feeling sad about, and I’m not alone in feeling this way, is that so many American women can shrug off Trump’s attitude toward women and they just focus on the expectation of economic improvement and preservation of “family values”. This seems like an attitude from 50 years ago, but clearly, it is still very prevalent.

        There are people working on improving access to education and decreasing wealth disparities in the US. But there probably aren’t enough and there is likely too much opposition. Maybe there aren’t enough people who care. Maybe by insulting such a huge portion of the US population, Trump will make more people aware of the inequality that exists around them and provide a little more fuel for the social justice movement? And hopefully, in the longterm social justice will improve? Or maybe a dark cloud will prevail for a while?

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      • memadtwo says :

        The Times had an interview with women in the Midwest who claimed to have never even heard of the Women’s March. It seems to be true; a lot of people don’t care beyond their small circle of friends and associates what happens in the world, and so they pay no attention to it. And, as a friend pointed out to me yesterday, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that what they voted for is “more for me, less for you”. For all their religious rhetoric, to have wealth as your goal in life (and that’s what Trump is promising) seems to be the opposite of Christian teachings, or any spiritual teachings. But I do see an activation of the need to actually advocate for what you believe among the people around me, and that’s a good thing. Hopefully it will continue; Trump certainly seems bent on adding fuel to the fire on a regular basis…

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      • Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says :

        It does seem contrary to Christian teachings to value wealth above all. I suppose if one strives for the increased wealth of ones friends and associates, it does partially improve their well-being. But the world is a much bigger place, and I don’t think personal well-being is really possible if it is at the cost of that of others.

        Your words have me thinking about my own “bubble of contentment” and if there are things I can do a bit differently to be a little more aware of the world around me and contribute positively. I actually didn’t know about the Women’s March until I saw your photos and those of other bloggers. And then I Googled it. So thanks to you and all the people who put information on the internet, I have a small idea of what is going on in the US. I liked that so many people turned their anger into art and humorous slogans… a positive way to inspire positive change!

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      • memadtwo says :

        I was impressed that so many around the world also joined in solidarity. It gives me hope.

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      • 10000hoursleft says :

        Those women voting with a shrug are an example of cognitive dissonance. They can have their post truth, alt fact faking news…in 4 years he’ll be outta there! Number 46 will have a lot of work ahead of her/him. I agree- he’ll fuel the social justice movement . It is encouraging to see so much of the conservative media calling him out on ‘alternative facts’.

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      • memadtwo says :

        It’s hard to be positive when the first thing the new President does is take down the White House pages on climate change and civil rights, and he signs orders getting rid of environmental regulations and medical care. It’s hard to feel positive after that divisive and angry inaugural address. But the march made me feel positive, in a way I haven’t felt since the election.

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    • memadtwo says :

      I would never censor your opinion. But it is our right and duty as citizens to point out what we will not accept from our leaders. Most people did NOT vote for Trump. And as was pointed out, Hitler was voted in too.
      I don’t know how old you are, but I remember when women couldn’t even have a credit card that was not in their husbands’ name. Women haven’t even been allowed to vote for very long, and the ERA was never ratified by all the states. “We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go”. And we don’t want to go backwards. At least I don’t. Slavery, or “separate but equal”? No, thanks.
      And the environment! Nothing else matters if we destroy the fragile balance of our home.

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    • kestrelart says :

      Democracy is what happens between elections not on Election Day. The point of democracy is that power can change hands without killing, and in between elections the powerful are accountable and decisions are transparent. Voting is just the means, not the end. So this march is just the start of democracy in action for the Trump administration, just as for all other before it.

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  5. merrildsmith says :

    I marched in Philadelphia. It’s so cool that this is happening all over the world!

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  6. Jodi says :

    I’m so proud of all the people who marched today!

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  7. davisbrotherlylove says :

    Woo Hoo!!! Go! Go! Go!

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  8. memadtwo says :

    Thanks to all. We marched not just to support women but to affirm our belief in the right of all to be respected and supported. And that includes our Mother Earth (one of the first things Trump did was take down the White House information on climate change). All the money in the world will not help you if you destroy the Earth.

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