Women’s March Seattle Grows the Grassroots of Democracy

Below are my photos from Women’s March Seattle, one of nearly 700 sister marches of the Women’s March on Washington, documenting some funny and uniquely creative signs. Around 150,000 people marched here – women, men, and children – diverse in every way you can imagine. It was the largest protest in Seattle history. I was so happy to be part of something so historic, peaceful, and global.

I had spent Inauguration Day, the day before, as an interpreter and one of over 800 volunteers with the City of Seattle, helping immigrant & refugee families with their citizenship process. I met an amazing set of volunteers, who all wanted to do something in response to this travesty; immigrants, citizens, dreamers, and even people who had been in this country for a few months, all wanted to make a difference! As immigrants, it’s our way to turn the frustration and fear we feel as a nation and world into something more useful and compassionate.

When larger democracies seem to fail us, we go back to the grassroots. Events like these restore your faith in humanity, and in democracy. As Gloria Steinem said today, the constitution starts with “We, the People.” We must continue to demonstrate that not only in protest, but in smart and organized ways we as civilized people will not just stand by!

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we need a president who reads books and i can't believe i had to make this sign
stop the gaslighter
respect liberty justic human rights freedom hand made sign by a young boy and his dad

the power of the people is stronger than the people in power

we the people
out of our feeds, onto our feet!
commander in-competent
simple math
snowflake nope!
nasty asian woman + nasty bruja
slow thinkers keep right
put enough snowflakes together and you get an avalanche!
Lt. Uhura marches with women
they tried to bury us, they didn't know we were seeds
master of puppets - who's pulling the strings
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu
Pussy Hat Power at Seattle Center
Love Hope Fight Unite + I Love this Nasty Woman
"We are the ones we've been waiting for, we are the change we seek" - POTUS Barack Obama
when they go low, we go high
DISSENT - it's what's for dinner!
One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began...