Good morning Tuesday!
As you all know, Peter and I went into Washington DC early Saturday morning to participate in the big demonstration against school and mass shootings, gun laws, the NRA and the weapon lobby as a whole. Yes, "the new normal …"
It was time for March for our Lives to take place.
The front page of Washington Post on Saturday! SO telling!
Peter, Richard, Ingrid and I on the metro on our way to the march!
Yes, it was a given for us to show our stand point in this matter. Our dear neighbors, Ingrid and Richard, had decided to join the march as well. Fun for us, we were hanging out with them the entire day.
Herndon-Reston high school girls on their way to the march. This is my friend Lotta's picture, her daughter Iris is the girl in the sunglasses in the top right corner. Go girls!!
And, this picture is taken on Pennsylvania Avenue where the march took place! SO many clever signs everywhere!
You could SO tell that that the arrangers of this march were prepared to the MAX! The metro trains ran smoothly the entire day, the trains were not too packed. In DC it was easy to get access to the demonstration route. There were volunteers, porta-potties, policemen and free water bottles EVERYWHERE!
DC was indeed pumped and prepared for the masses of people from all over the country.
Pennsylvania Avenue is PACKED!!
And, oh BOY, where there people!
SO. MANY. PEOPLE!
But, even though it was SO packed, it was the best feeling among us all. People were pumped, friendly and very pissed off due to the fact that we EVEN have to protest this!
Ready to see a change. A change that MUST happen to this country before it’s too late.
Just as during the Women’s march back in 2017, people were SO friendly, calm and energized. I did not see any fights at all. Neither--to my surprise--did we see ANY counter demonstrations. Even though it was packed as can be, people were nothing but kind and super nice.
See, this can happen when close to a million people take to the streets at the same time. We were all there for the same cause. We ALL want change.
Peter and Richard are ready to GO!!
And, as you all may know there is a very, very important election coming up in November here in the US. You got reminded of the November elections everywhere during the march! I hope November will be a turning point for this country!
ALL of a sudden the POTUS himself crossed the street. HAHA. I do believe his famous quote would prove true if this were ever to happen ...
I think they have estimated the crowds to around a million people? Maybe a little less than during the Women’s March?
People had traveled from all over the US to be in Washington on this day.
I am lucky to live here in this regard. This is the place to be in situations like these, DC is the mother of all marches and demonstrations. They all take place here in the Nation's Capital.
On Saturday lots, and lots of Sibling Marches took place all over the US, in all major cities, and even in the medium to smaller ones. POWER!!!
And also, a lot of sibling marches took place all over the world. In Sweden, Stockholm was one of those cities. Wonderful!
SO the vibe in DC? PACKED, PUMPED and PISSED!!
It was so fantastic to be a part of this march. And, also so incredible SAD! I could not hold my tears back during the speeches. The kids from Parkland were there, you know. The kids that lost their friends, class and schoolmates during the latest school shooting.
They held their speeches from their hearts, and these kids were nothing but amazing.
HOW can these teenagers be so amazingly WELL spoken?!! I am flabbergasted and taken a back with them.
There is HOPE for our young generation.
They can demand change. And maybe they will change things?
There is hope, at least.
It was such a powerful day. A day full of energy, good people and wisdom.
Time for change.
The weather was IDEAL. Sunny, calm and around 50 F (10C).
The magnolias in DC were in bloom! So pretty.
A magnolia tree in full bloom!
And then, as we exited the train in Reston in the afternoon, we bumped in to this super cute family. They had all been protesting in DC. Power to them all!!
I am so, so, so HAPPY that we marked our Saturday marching in this demonstration amongst these fantastic people.