Saturday, 21 January 2017
The march drew residents from the Long Beach Peninsula, Washington and the north coast of Oregon. Our march was one of many sister marches nationwide and world wide for today’s huge march in Washington, D.C. Because we have so many photos, I’m dividing the story into two parts.
We gathered in downtown Astoria at a plaza near the Garden of Surging Waves at 11:00 AM.
The Long Beach Peninsula was well represented.
I almost wept when I saw this photo because I have not thought of this poem for years…All I needed was to see the words “common woman” and it all came back to me. “I swear to you, I swear it on my common woman’s head, the common woman is as common as a common loaf of bread…and will rise!” by Judy Grahn. I suddenly remembered being 22 years old and loving that poem. And here we are again 40 years later with the same rights under threat….and worse threats to so many.
The crowd kept growing and growing, making it hard to move around, carrying a sign, and taking photos at the same time.
to be continued…