This past Saturday, after my Hotcake Hustle 10k, myself, Jake, and Jake’s mom headed into Fort Worth to participate in the sister march for the Women’s March on Washington! It was my first time participating in a march or protest, and it could not have been a more enjoyable time! With the exception of two men protesting the march (one of which included a guy who misspelled Obama in his protest sign *face palm*), everyone there was extremely kind, and there was never a moment where I felt unsafe or anxious!
The march started at noon, and we all gathered in front of the Tarrant County Courthouse in Fort Worth (home of where I ALWAYS managed to get called into for jury duty every two years). There were several police patrolling the event, but the mood was light, and several participated in high-fives and waving as we marched past!
We were released in waves, given the attendance size (according to Ft Worth Star Telegram, the estimated size was between 5,000 to 9,000!), but we were able to move smoothly into the streets without any uncomfortable congestion or fear of feeling claustrophobic.
Jake’s mom had made the poster board sign in the top photo. I didn’t have time to make a sign (the Hotcake Hustle 10k was earlier that morning), but I did have my ACLU card on hand! I wish I had been able to take a photo of everyone’s signs and shirts. However, I was able to catch this one…
According to my Apple Watch step tracker, the march had us logging a little under 2 miles, as we looped through downtown and ended back at the starting place. As the marching came to a close, the participants filled the steps of the courthouse, which bled out into the front lawn, for photo ops, and chants (“Love trumps hate!” “Si se puede!” and “My body my choice!” were amongst the most popular to yell).
The three of us didn’t stay much longer after the march, as we knew that traffic getting out maybe hectic, that and we were a tad hungry, but it was so incredible to so many women, men, children, and even dogs (!!!) come together for such an amazing cause. I’ve been absolutely floored at the footage of participants around the world, especially in Washington, and I hope we were able to communicate a message to the new president. Like with anything that makes it to the internet, I have seen a lot of vitriolic and unsettling comments. Namely, that these marches are a result of a “temper tantrum” and that we need to “get over it” or “calm down”. Change never comes from “getting over it”, and rights are never acquired from calming down. If we can all work together as wonderfully as we did on Saturday, I know we will be able to achieve amazing things, and I am so looking forward to what we can do.