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Seattle Women's March 2.0
Woman power by the thousands,
voters rising

January 21, 2018




Seattle Women's March 2.0 in Seattle 1/20/18. Photos courtesy Tracy Wolf Paquin. Larger images below.


CLICK TO ENLARGE. Seattle Women's March 2.0 in Seattle 1/20/18. Photos courtesy Tracy Wolf Paquin.


CLICK TO ENLARGE. Photo courtesy Jennifer Szlay Herrmann.
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(SEATTLE, WA) -- With chants of "This is what democracy looks like!" an estimated tens of thousands of women along with many men took to the streets of Seattle Saturday in Seattle Women's March 2.0.

It was not only women power on the move, it was voting power rising.

The Seattle event was one of many held across the country, including New York and Los Angeles designed to send many messages to the powers that be in our nation's capitol and to people around the world.

One of those messages was to the Trump administration and Republican controlled Congress.

In a nutshell it said not only will we not go quietly back to the 1950's, actually printed out on one sign, but thank you Mr. Trump for awakening a sleeping giant -- printed on another sign.

And that second part of the message is loaded with implications for both the Republican party and every national and local election going forward.

The last Presidential election and Republican takeover of Congress appears to have rung huge bells in a large part of the American electorate about the old adage that every vote counts and if you stand by as a spectator in the process of democracy in this country, the world of billionaire Donald Trump and friends is what you get.

A world complete with killing net neutrality, bringing your zero-experience kids and in-laws into the oval office as "advisors, hiring a National Security Advisor who is fired early on and later pleads guilty to lying to the feds about his dealings with some Russians, re-energizing groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and Skinheads, opening up the ecologically fragile and sensitive Arctic for deep oil drilling, trying to kill the Affordable Health Care Act and then replace it with something worse, "tax reform" that is seen as a huge giveaway to the rich, corporations and GOP donors, a new Republican plan to "reform" America's social safety net including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and much more.

Yes, the first anniversary of Donald Trump's presidency has indeed brought a new consciousness to America.

Seattle's new Mayor Jenny Durkin was there (she wore a black T-shirt printed with the words “Fight like a girl”) and in comments made at Cal Anderson Park before the march got underway said, "They were going to arrest the mayors of those cities that stood against his evil racist immigration policies. But I say if you want to arrest me, you better bring a truck for about 10,000 people here today."

A KIRO-TV reporter talked with one woman at the march who identified herself as a Republican voter. Sylvia Hall of Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood told the station, "I'm here to be the voice of reasonable, rational Republicans standing against Donald Trump.”

Organizers also said the Seattle march was intended, "To engage and empower all people to support women's rights, racial equity, human rights, civil rights, disability rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, reproductive rights, Indigenous people's rights and social and environmental justice."

Down in Olympia, an estimated 8,000 people turned out for that city's version of the Women's 2.0 march.

And so it goes with awakening sleeping giants.






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