BOSTON STRONG, BOSTON BEAUTIFUL, BOSTON WOMEN’S MARCH!

boston-womens-march-gloucester-contingent-copyright-kim-smithboston-womens-march-jason-sarah-matilda-grow-copyright-kim-smithThe day started with a wonderful chance meet up with Gloucester students and the Grow and Abrams-Dowd family. Thanks to both families for their kindness; I so enjoyed the train ride into town with Bo, Sarah, and Jason. We were amongst the early birds arriving on the scene and it was tremendously exciting to see the preparations underway and the crowd swelling in number throughout the morning.boston-womens-march-1-copyright-kim-smith

Girls applying glitter, of course!
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boston-womens-march-manchester-essex-high-school-copyright-kim-smithManchester-Essex Contingency

The newest estimate is perhaps 175,000 attendees at an event where initially 25,000 were expected. The Boston Women’s March was one of over 600 peaceful rallies held around the world. Reportedly not a single arrest related to the march took place in Boston.boston-womens-march-21-representative-ann-margaret-ferrante-copyright-kim-smith

Representative Ann Margaret’s friendly face in the crowd.

People rallied for different reasons–for compassion and dignity towards others, equality and justice for all, for better stewardship of our environment, affordable healthcare, to protect women’s reproductive rights, for equal opportunity for the disabled–along with many other issues. The signs carried reflected all our concerns. For those who may be wondering why and to what end, I believe it is the coalescing of many movements into one and the beginning of a new world movement. Women are refusing to move backward and most assuredly, there is more to come.boston-womens-march-22-representative-ann-margaret-ferrante-copyright-kim-smithboston-womens-march-7-copyright-kim-smith

boston-womens-march-26-savannah-fox-tree-copyright-kim-smithFirst Nation’s Savannah Fox Tree stunned the crowd with her beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace, sung in both Cherokee and English.boston-womens-march-19-pastor-mariama-white-hammond-copyright-kim-smith

Pastor Mariama White-Hammond from Bethel A.M.E. Church gave a compassionate sermon.boston-womens-march-28-senator-elizabeth-warren-copyright-kim-smith-jpg

Senator Elizabeth Warrenboston-womens-march-34-senator-ed-markey-copyright-kim-smith-jpg

Senator Ed Markeyboston-womens-march-28-congressman-joseph-kennedy-iii-copyright-kim-smith-jpgCongressman Joseph Kennedy III – the pink haze on several photos is my camera’s lens trying to see through an ocean of pink pussy hats 🙂

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Mayor Marty Walsh

boston-womens-march-15-kristen-mccosh-and-john-copyright-kim-smithDisability Commissionr Kristen McCosh and husband John McCosh

The official program began with music and dance performances, followed by speeches given by our fiercest advocates. The march was to follow however, it was delayed by several hours because the planned route was overflowing with marchers. Participants were not just from the immediate Boston neighborhoods, but had come from all around the state. The Boston Common and streets surrounding the Common had become a sea of people. Despite the human gridlock, kindness and patience prevailed.

All photos copyright Kim Smithboston-womens-march-35-congressman-joseph-kennedy-iii-copyright-kim-smith-jpg

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boston-womens-march-9-copyright-kim-smith boston-womens-march-24-copyright-kim-smithGridlock at the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets where two streams of marchers converged.

boston-womens-march-25-copyright-kim-smithBeacon Hill side streets were also jammed with marchers.

14 comments

  • Great photos / great march / I was there – it was uplifting – I hope the administration was listening. I also wish Mayor Walsh would smile – he is a good man.

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  • Amazing shots!!! I was there in spirit, but not in person..thank you so much for posting these! 💟

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  • Great photos. My wife and I were there with the “Manchester-Essex Contingency” (our daughter and 8 of her classmates, along with several moms), and I can’t tell you how inspirational it was to see their compassion and sense of urgency for action. A tremendous day for all the voices to be heard, and hopefully only the start of something magnificent and game-changing.

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    • Thanks for writing Kevin, your group of kids were fantastic!! That was the best part I think, seeing all the young people, young women, and the young men participating also.

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  • Great pictures (as usual!) so inspirational! My sister and I went to the march in Washington which was amazing! Power to the People! I felt so much better about what we can do to change things! We met quite a few people from New England and from all over the country.

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  • Thoughts from an old “hippie”. I sure I’ll get a lot of push back on this post. Way back when (before there was MTV, remote control and instant photography was a Polaroid “Swinger”) I was a young man in college and headed off to Washington DC to march and change the world. I marched in the spring of 1970 and 1971. Some of us even attempted to shut down Washington DC. The powers to be decided to “suspend” the constitution and arrested just about everyone in sight or everyone they could hang onto. Some of you may remember the turbulence of those times with Jackson State and Kent State in the spring of 69 leading up to the events in 69, 70, and 71. All to stop a war and an out of control government. We were convinced that we would change the world over night with just our presence, idealism, determination and sheer numbers.

    In reality the war ended only in part to our efforts but primarily because the taxpaying public grew weary of it. Did we fail by marching? Not at all. But marching alone was not the answer. What changed was our attitudes and more importantly the attitudes of the “Silent Majority”. And over time our great nation (there’s never been a time when America needed to be “Great Again” since it’s always been great) changed to reflect the attitudes of the new generation of voters both young and old. The EPA was created, OSHA, EEOC, and a host of programs and agencies that made life better for many of our fellow Americans came into being. However this did not happen overnight and due solely to a march or two. It happened by the changing of attitudes in the populace. In time I grew up and became a builder. However my lessons from my youth and concern for others came into my building career by insuring that I did not pollute, made sure my workers were safe, and started to use materials and methods that were better suited to protecting our environment. I also voted. And voted for folks who were of a similar mindset.

    Did a march to Washington change all that? To a small extent yes, but more importantly it was me and my evolving views on the world and my acknowledgement that every little step I take can change the world just a little. The march was just a stepping off point. Many of us “old hippies” eventually cut our hair, donned a jacket and tie and went off to the business world and changed it from within.
    Looking at the events of the past year I think we became complacent and figured that the crazy things that were happening would never happen and that someone else was making sure that they wouldn’t. In that respect I too must confess that I am one of those complacent ones. We only talked to those who agreed with us and never worked to change the minds of those who didn’t.

    So what do we do now? Many of you have marched this past weekend. Had a “Kumbaya” moment. Now what? Well here’s what I’m doing. I’ve stopped talking to people who are on my side and have started to engage those on the other side. Not in shouting, but in one on one dialogue to understand why and how we got where we are at and to ever, ever so slowly change their views. I have one office worker who is jubilantly on the “Trump Train”. So much so that he’s been ostracized by most of the office. I talked to him the other day. Started listening and hearing what he had to say. Without objecting to his positions I began to present a different vision and asked him how did he like things so far. Interestingly the selection of cabinet appointments are not quite in line with his expectations. I don’t know where this will go but for the first time in months he actually gave some credence to where I was coming from. Baby steps for sure but steps.

    The only way to change the world is to change the hearts and minds of those who we disagree with. Shouting at them won’t get us there. We all need to pick one or two that we disagree with and begin that long arduous tasks of changing their minds and outlook. One person at a time. Everyone who is dismayed by the recent events needs to select one or two on the other side and begin that long ongoing conversation. It will take time I agree. Things never change overnight. But there is an election in 2 years and we need to have enough minds changed by then so that we can effect positive change and get us back on track.

    When Mother Theresa was asked how she was going to feed all these multitudes of poor children she replied, “One mouth at a time”.
    I know this is rambling but I am still trying to come to grips with the current reality. I feel I must do something. I do know from my youth that it’s only going to change when all of us help to make it change. Even if we have to do it one mind at a time.

    Just some thoughts from an old hippie.

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    • Hi Rick, Thank you for your thoughtful, and insightful comment. I would like to post it on Facebook if that is okay with you. It can be posted anonymously, or as Rick, or if you are on Facebook, I can post using your FB name if you would like. Thank you again for writing.

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  • Can we PLEASE keep GMG “Politics free”? If not, you’re going to lose a lot of fans, myself included. Unless of course you welcome opposing views (but I still prefer we keep this awesome blog a Politics Free Zone!).

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    • Not for nothing but when I encounter content on GMG that I’m not interested in reading or looking at, I simply scroll past it. Not all that difficult to do. Kinda avoids one sided censorship don’t you think?

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      • GMG was NEVER about Politics. I repeat, if tht’s the future path, I’m stepping off at the next stop. We don’t need another Boston Globe here.

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  • So, to keep the momentum going, there has been some talk nationally about group meetings to discuss future actions and overall discussions. If you are listening to the various things that Pres. Trump would like to enact it demands concern and action. Does anyone know of any groups in the Cape Ann area that are getting together?

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