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Chris Siple (charvakan)
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Sen Casey
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Hawaii Sen Schatz...
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Anti Pruitt rally happening now.
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So, how are you dealing with this? Aside from the Women's March and calling a few lawmakers, I'm assessing my options. With fascism advancing on so many fronts, individuals have to choose where they take a stand. Deborah (my esteemed wife) is networking with some locals in a "Nasty Woman" group, and has finished some postcards today to members of Congress. I sent a few bucks to the Guardian to subscribe online; they do fantastic work and I read it all the time. We will need independent journalism we can rely on. I'm wondering how best to support the immigrants in my community, but that isn't clear to me yet. It would be my top issue, I think, if Pussygrabber doesn't try an Iran invasion.

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I wasn't really grumpy when the picture was taken, just ugly. I resisted sharing more; I haven't uploaded my own and they're probably pretty boring. Most of the time we were packed in the crowd. These were taken when we were able to find some open space during the actual march.

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I'll post some very ordinary pictures later, but wanted to say how heartening an experience the Women's March was. Our daughter attended what had to be the first one, in Wellington New Zealand, 16 hours earlier. (I suppose Hawaii closed this wonderful show.) I honestly don't understand why no one can write a program that analyzes aerial photographs to come up with a solid count on crowd sizes, but my own amateur estimate is right around a half million. We met people from Oakland CA and Grand Rapids MI, and saw delegations from all over the country. Most of us were local, I think. 75 to 80% of us were female; there were kids too.

The organizers clearly were expecting a much smaller crowd. Most of us were nowhere near close enough to hear the speakers, which didn't bother me. After two hours of shuffling through a jam-packed Mall to get six or seven blocks further West, we (I went with my wife Deborah and a friend) were able to get close enough to Independence Avenue to hear the last few speakers, then shuffle along the march route. The organizers rerouted us to circle the White House, but we bailed halfway round.

Transportation was, as you might expect, totally inadequate. We had some help at both ends when the subway didn't work out for us, and ended up using it only to get in. All told, it was over nine hours door to door, seven of them standing, shuffling, or walking. I got my Medicare card this month, and have less tolerance for this sort of thing than I used to, but every minute was enjoyable. The signs alone were worth it. People had worked on them all week and many were great. Trump got a thorough roasting, but Pence was not forgotten.

This may be the biggest protest we'll see for a long time, but it definitely won't be the last. The mood was spirited and determined. There will be many setbacks for us, but resistance is NOT futile.

At this time, I'm committed to going into DC for the Women's March but don't intend to protest the inauguration. Let them have their crappy party. It will turn sour for them soon enough.

I hope there won't be any rough stuff on inauguration day. I'm confident that the organizers of the march the following day are committed to keeping things positive, but I can easily imagine some Trump fans taking umbrage at disruptions or discourtesy during the ceremony and that it might escalate into physical confrontation. That's not good for anybody.

My niece said at Thanksgiving that she wanted to come up from NC for protests, but I haven't heard from her since and hope she does her protesting and marching there. She has a new job and probably shouldn't take a day off. JF/John/LiberalNut said he might come down and stay with us, and go in to the Inauguration day protest, but I doubt that will come off either. The subway here may get overwhelmed, but there's no other way to get into town, so that's what I'll be relying on.

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If you can't be in DC and want to participate in a "sister march," here's where you can find one near you. My daughter will be in one in New Zealand!

I've added a few links to this site (expand the "About Community" portion on the left of this page if they don't appear--you will have to scroll down). I think we may find this place useful in the coming months. Please check in every once in a while, and share suggestions or report of things you've seen, heard, or done. I intend to invite as many of our members (active or not) as I have emails for in the next few days. Let me know if you think that's a bad idea.

There are two categories of post (so far): Discussions and Invitations. You can filter them. I was thinking Invitations would be used when we wanted to give other members the opportunity to do something specific, like join a protest or write a Congressman on a specific issue.
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