I haven’t posted in a few days, but I have been busy! On Inauguration Day, I avoided the media. I was in meetings most of the day, and I just had one moment, when I looked at the clock around 12:15 p.m. where I thought, that’s it. It’s done.
Mike and I turned our social media profiles black. We also participated in a spending boycott on Inauguration Day, another small, symbolic act.
On 3:00 a.m., we got up to go to the Washington D.C. Women’s March. We got on the bus at 4:00 a.m. and didn’t get back until around midnight on Saturday. This was my first official protest march (other than taking back the night in college), and it was a lot different than I expected.
By now everyone knows that there were many more people than expected. The out-of-town buses parked at RFK Stadium and we chose to walk instead of take the Metro to the Mall. From what we heard, it took about the same amount of time, since the Metro was so crowded. We had lots of company along the way. I didn’t have a pink pussy hat, but they were all over. I felt a little left out.
As we got closer, the crowds got bigger.
Because there were so many people, we never even got close to the stage. For a while we could see one of the screens, but we couldn’t hear the speeches. I’m still not sure who was even on the program. Instead, we talked to our fellow marchers and admired all of the cool posters. Mike’s favorite was “Shut the f**k up, Donnie, you’re out of your element.” And I saw on Twitter afterwards that Steve Buscemi took a photo with the guy carrying that sign!
For a political rally, the mood was very different than I expected. There were groups representing a variety of causes, and everyone I saw was polite, calm, and respectful of their fellow marchers. Everyone seemed like they were having fun, even though there was a lot of gallows humor and sarcastic bitching. Despite the crowds and being tired and sleep-deprived, I thought it was a very positive experience overall, and I am definitely looking forward to attending another one. Although I have to admit I’m worried that a protest that is organized by men will be a less pleasant experience. I will be happy to be proven wrong, gentlemen.
On Sunday, I recovered from the march. I think the next one is planned for April 15, and I’m planning to spend the weekend instead of just going down for the day.
Yesterday, we went to our local Democrats’ Candidate School to learn about open positions in local government and how to run for them. Apparently in our area, it is hard to find enough people willing to run for these kinds of things, so I have volunteered to run for any local office that needs a Democratic candidate. Not sure what will happen yet, as the process to get on the ballot starts in a few weeks.
Today I resumed bombarding my legislators about the cabinet nominees. Tillerson was approved by the committee, and now goes to a vote by the full Senate, so I emailed both senators asking them to oppose him. Apparently Sen. Toomey has said he will vote yes, and no word from Sen. Casey yet. So I let Sen. Toomey know I was very disappointed, and reiterated my request to Sen. Casey.
I also faxed letters to Sen. Toomey asking him to oppose DeVos, Pruitt, and Sessions, since Sen. Casey has already said he would vote no on all of these. I found out from our local action group that DeVos’ billionaire family has donated to Toomey’s campaign, so I’m not sure how much of a chance there is he would vote against her.
I also faxed letters to both Senators asking them to oppose Price for Health Secretary. I’m pretty sure I could find reasons to oppose every single one of the cabinet nominees, but these five strike me as the most important right now.