Hundreds of Women’s Marches took place around the country and the world on January 21, 2017. In Portland, the march down Congress Street drew an estimated 10,000 people, and a rally behind the Maine State House in Augusta brought out thousands more. People came for a various reasons—to be heard, to advocate for human rights, to oppose bigotry and sexism. Our staffer, Karina Napier, attended the Women’s March in Washington D.C. These are her thoughts on the experience:
“That day was full of so many words and yet left me sometimes with none. The crowds were beautiful, respectful, with tears and without, impassioned with so much to deliver. We shuffled sometimes or stood still. We listened for hours to stunning leaders who moved us to holler and raise our arms. Our backs ached, and we shared smiles and stares and munched on packed snacks and lovingly cooed at babies and sweet kids. Then we took over the streets in hordes like I’ve never seen in my life and may never see again, ever. And we felt each other chant and drum and laugh, and we photographed everything around us, including our grinning faces in front of cool backgrounds and buildings built by inspired pioneers. And no matter which intersection we crossed, we stopped the traffic and knew we were doing it.
We really knew we were doing it.
#womensmarchonwashington #DC #mymotherwasafreedomfighter (and so was my #grandmother.)”