Today my wife and I spent a beautiful afternoon on the Common as part of the Boston Women’s March for American. We joined roughly 125,000 people for a rally and march through the downtown. I love walking around the Common and Public Gardens surrounded by its rich memorial/commemorative landscape. We were on the opposite end from the 54th Massachusetts Memorial, but you can clearly see the recently refurbished Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the pic below.

It was a great day to be a Bostonian and an American.

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  1. I saw the feed from Boston on the news. The size of the people at the Boston March was stunning. It makes the massive attendance at DC even more impressive when you see how many cities had extremely large marches/rallies at the same time (When I heard the impact of the March on Metro, I kept thinking of the famous clip from the Woodstock movie where a very young Arlo Guthrie, who had to come in by helicopter, is telling someone in a voice filled with wonder, “The New York State Thru Way is CLOSED!!!!!!”)

    • As in the case of many of the other cities the size of the Boston crowd exceeded expectations and caused a bit of a back-up in moving from the rally to the march. What was remarkable was that there were no incidents. Everyone was patient.

      • The reports are 0 arrests at any of the events here and abroad which is truly remarkable. I was relieved that the small group of anarchists who’ve caused problems elsewhere did not appear to try to spoil yesterday’s event. I am proud that the events yesterday stayed well within the First Amendment’s protection not just of freedom of speech but of “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”

        • Like I said, it was a great day to be an American surrounded by all this “carnage.” 🙂

  2. Kevin,
    I don’t know if you wish to open your blog to modern political discussion and if you delete this comment I will understand.
    The events of yesterday were impressive by any measure, however I fear this may be a case of too much too soon. President Trump and his supporters are very adept at portraying themselves as victims of unwarranted criticism and media bias and these marches may be playing right into their hands. He can say that the left is not giving him a chance and he is already complaining about the crowd comparisons between his and Presidents Obama’s Inaugurations.
    To me and you these complaints may sound ridiculous but his supporters eat this stuff up. This is part of his ” modus operandi”.
    ,Allow me to return to a Civil War theme. After the firing on Fort Sumner the Northern States erupted in patriotic marches and volunteer enlistments. Two years later the Republicans lost the mid-term elections. Support for the war began to wane. My point being is that political outpourings, such as yesterdays, are difficult to sustain in the long run.

  3. “President Trump and his supporters are very adept at portraying themselves as victims of unwarranted criticism and media bias and these marches may be playing right into their hands. He can say that the left is not giving him a chance and he is already complaining about the crowd comparisons between his and Presidents Obama’s Inaugurations.”
    That’s because the media bias is real: https://ethicsalarms.com/tag/mainstream-media-bias/

    I do agree with you about sustainability of political outpourings. And suffice to say that the Woman’s March in Washington D.C. is tainted by Ashley Judd: https://ethicsalarms.com/2017/01/21/womens-march-ethics-now-thats-ad-hominem/

    • And suffice to say that the Woman’s March in Washington D.C. is tainted by Ashley Judd

      Probably more accurate to say that it has been “tainted” for you. I certainly didn’t agree with every single word at the rally I attended, but that didn’t undercut the rally as a whole.

    • The media certainly are biased in favor of facts. Trump and his press secretary and whatever job Priebus fills are all spouting easily disprovable lies about attendance at the inauguration. Even Chris Wallace on Fox pointed this out. What does any administration have to gain from such foolishness?

  4. I don’t have much patience with worries that protest marchers are so mean they will earn the president undue sympathy. Having seen their strength, protestors should and will be inspired to take political action at the local, state and federal level.

  5. Glad to hear this. I marched in another city some hours before you. A great day here and around the world.
    Time will tell how lasting this movement is. Civil rights marches persisted and triumphed, as did those against the Viet Nam and Iraq wars. And those pesky women worked from 1848 to 1920, a mere 72 years, to get the vote. And it took only 100 years or so, plus a war, to get rid of slavery.

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