This is what democracy looks like!

The Women’s March on Washington and the 673 sister marches around the world were exercises in free speech and freedom of assembly – two of the pillars of democracy. In Washington, the energy level was high and mutually supportive. Everyone was respectful and there was not a trace of antagonism except the inescapably negative sentiments toward the new Trump administration.

At various points, the crowd erupted in spontaneous chants, which were surely repeated in different parts of the crowd, or maybe they kept circulating like an “arena wave” at a sporting event. They were both chants and call-and-response, and the latter were often chanted by male voices versus female voices, such as these:

  • Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Donald Trump has got to go!
  • No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!

Call:            Show us what democracy looks like!
Response: This is what democracy looks like.

Call:             Your body – your choice!
Response:  My body – my choice!

These videos capture two such moments:

The spirit of democracy shown in Washington was also captured in these other posts, which have more pictures and two short videos:

The post-march consensus among participants was that we all have to figure out how to keep the momentum going and keep it from fading away as a flash in the pan. One important way to do that is to contact your Congressional representatives. These two other posts have tips on how to get that done:

How to contact your US House Representative
How to Contact your US Senators

Thank you for your support!


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