Friends and I got big and brave. We all feel the need to stand up now and voice our views. None of us has done anything like this and we did have to overcome some fear. But, we did it. We went to the Women's March in San Francisco.
The Bart was crowded and our train had to wait at places for trains ahead to make space. There were so many people that it took them longer to get out of the trains and to be able to move on the platforms.
We stopped for a snack before going up to the street. We had gotten off at Powell which is as far as the trains were going because of the crowds at the other stations. After snack we went up to the street level and the March was just passing.
We joined the March as it was not scary at all. Everyone had each other's back, and no rabble rousers. The parade filled all of Market street and the wide sidewalks too. At each of the intersections we did a special little cheer. Everyone was is such a great mood. It was raining but no one cared. It was about 56 degrees so not cold. We had dressed for cold and wet. The city was absolutely beautiful!
It took us about an hour and a half to walk down to the ferry building which had been in the middle of our view as we walked. When we got to Justin Herman Plaza we started back on the sidewalk. There was just enough room to walk the opposite direction of the March. Instead of going down to the first several BART stations we decided to walk all the way back to Powell. We were enjoying the full street of marchers. Hundreds and hundreds.... We got back to Powell and we still couldn't see the end of the March.
We had taken this very seriously but we had found it so much fun too with all our supporters!
Hopefully we won't have to do this again, BUT we will if we find it necessary.
100,000 marched in San Francisco!