Marchin’ in the Streets

It’s a nice day for the Women’s March in Montpelier with unseasonably mild temperatures (up to 41-degrees) and only a 10% chance of rain.

Over the past twenty-four hours, I have spoken with my sister who will join the March in Portland, Oregon and my son’s Significant Other, Sarah, who, with her mom, her sister and her sister’s boyfriend have made the drive to D.C. for the big March down there.

My friend Cheryl and I will head to Montpelier to join with  Progressive Party members at 1:00, at Montpelier High School, where we will merge with other activist assemblies in the Vermont Women’s March to the State House.

Our brand new Progressive Lieutenant Governor, Dave Zuckerman, will be among the speakers that include former Governor Madeleine Kunin,  Meghan Gallaher of Planned Parenthood, Ebony Nyoni of Black Lives Matter and former Transportation Sect. Sue Minter.

You can feel the crackle of connectivity in the air as parties of friends and family members all over the world make their way to the March routes.

Donald Trump’s angry supporters supposedly voted for ‘change,’ but what we are getting instead is regression.

The only real change will come when paleolithic patriarchy in America is finally left behind and women are represented in positions of power equal to their actual numbers in the population.

Donald Trump, one must hope, is the last desperate gasp of that regressive impulse, destined to be cast aside on the scrap-heap of historic errors in judgement and temporary insanity.

It is fitting that women should lead the keynote resistance against the man who single-handedly is attempting to reverse decades of progress in women’s and minorities civil rights, defense against climate change, educational opportunity and first amendment rights.

Donald Trump clings to the idea of American exceptionalism, yet his vision for the country would set this nation well-behind the rest of the developed world in so many fundamental ways.

Let’s make the next president (after Darth Pence replaces an impeached Donald Trump) a progressive female from one of our valuable minority communities. She is out there somewhere. Our job is to find and empower her.

See you at the March!

About Sue Prent

Artist/Writer/Activist living in St. Albans, Vermont with my husband since 1983. I was born in Chicago; moved to Montreal in 1969; lived there and in Berlin, W. Germany until we finally settled in St. Albans.

7 thoughts on “Marchin’ in the Streets

  1. Good,eh make that great turnout!

    The Montpelier Police Department estimated between 15,000 and 20,000 people participated in the demonstration.

    The massive convergence in the state capital caused traffic to back up for miles, shutting down three exits on Interstate 89.

  2. We were backed-up on 89 all the way from Middlesex to Montpelier, but we finally made it into the city and found parking up a hillside. I’m sure there were many more people who simply gave up on the traffic jam and went home, but even they were participants just by trying to show up and be counted. Everyone was extremely courteous and good humoredin the traffic queues.

    It was incredible to see the volume of demonstrators in Montpelier, and I hear the same was true all over the country and the world!

    Great networking opportunity. I even ran into our favorite GMD publisher and Montpelier City Clerk, John Odum!

    1. There were a lot of great signs among the crowd, but perhaps my favorite was the one that said “Hell hath no fury like 157-million women scorned!”

  3. Consider that 15,000 people is 1/45 of Vermonters actually showing up in Montpelier, and that is with many like-minded people in DC.

    The signs I liked:

    “There won’t *be* a shire, Pippin.”

    “If I make my uterus a corporation will you deregulate it?”

  4. Oh! And I forget to comment on the surprise appearance by Bernie Sanders on the State House lawn. The crowd went wild!!

  5. Trump is at the top, but he isn’t going to act alone.He is readily enabled by the entire national GOP in the US Congress and the majority of state houses around the country.

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