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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