Sunday, January 22, 2017

On the way to the March

9:45 a.m.

The Capitol  - another Marcher gave me this Pussy hat .. proud to wear it. 

I walked from Reformation toward Independence Avenue and 3rd for the Rally, but the crowd was growing, and we were told to go right on Jefferson behind the National Museum of the American Indian, which is between 3rd and 4th, SW.

Huge crowd, but no grumpy people.  I was in this area from about 10 a.m., to just after 2 p.m.  No (predicted) cell phone service, which was fine as I don't have data on my phone anyway.  The rally was on the other side ( and a few people could see the performances and who was speaking, and passed on information).  One person was able to receive a text message with the news that the Washington Post was reporting the due to the crowd size (more than 500,000 people) could not officially take place.  The original permit was for 200,000 people.   Talk about success!

[Chicago's march shared the same success -- far too many people to actually have an organized).

So what happens.  People have to start moving ... at least the huge crowd on Independence could follow most of the original march - down Independence to 14th Street to Constitution to 17th to the White House.  Jefferson was also packed for some blocks - and the Mall was beginning to fill in.

You might wonder why the Rally did not take place on the National Mall.  The Inauguration committee did not agree to extending a permit to the Women's March's organizing committee.

I recommend visiting the National Museum for the American Indian when there isn't a march.  Great exhibits and nice food.  The museum is free.  If you walk down Jefferson to 4th Street, SW, you will a BIG ROCK. I spent several hours leaning on the rock, until the decision was made to MOVE ...  We cheered, talked to each other, shared food ... I took two sips of water, no more ... and then many of use started moving toward the right to the National Mall to get to the other side.

[If you need information on the Pussyhat project, here is a link ]

My rock, my salvation ... for several hours

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