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One day after the Trump inauguration, and 12 hours after a solemn candle-light vigil outside the Bainbridge Island City Hall, dawn broke on a Saturday marked by scores of protest marches across the US and around the world.

What a turnout. In the morning light, 2,315 people walked onto the 8:45am Bainbridge to Seattle ferry, most of them headed to the Women’s Seattle March.

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS AMAZING LIST OF REPORTED ATTENDANCE AT ABOUT 700 MARCHES, COMPILED BY TWO INDIVIDUALS AS A PUBLIC SERVICE.  [Link]

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Nidoto Nai Yoni   “Let it not happen again”

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As throngs of protesters peacefully walked the 3.5 miles from Judkins Park, along 4th Avenue, and then to Seattle Center, the march organizers estimated that the number of marchers in Seattle had exceeded 100,000.

Barry joined four members of Cedars UU Church and traveled from Bainbridge Island to Garfield High School in Seattle for MLK Day.

Today was a record-setting crowd for the MLK Day event. Never bigger.  And there was wonderful passion from thousands of participants who came to honor King and resist Trump.

Four of the Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church women from Bainbridge Island who attended the MLK event at Garfield High School Seattle, with the banner they brought that expresses a welcome to all, no matter who you love.

 

 

20 minutes before the speakers started, there was a huge crowd at the Garfield High School gymnasium, with this many people in the opposite-side bleachers to the right of the photo, and with hundreds more coming in the ensuing half hour

This ACLU supporter member told me he was very pleased that ACLU is playing a more active role in this Transition, and is receiving unprecedented donations and volunteers

 

Information being offered about family planning clinics

 

Folk music, 1960s style

 

The most widely seen button was this one: “Stand Up … Resist Hate”

 

Another supporter of the ACLU. There were about two dozen of them there carrying ACLU signs

 

Something about the words “Active Retirees” spoke to me

 

It was great to see so many children there for MLK Day.

 

I told him that I liked the words on his sign, and he was happy to hear that

 

I liked seeing “people” “planet” and “peace” all in one banner

 

I thanked this woman for being there with her important commitment to resist a Muslim Registry

 

This man and I discussed how Gandhi’s commitment to nonviolence influenced MLK

 

I spoke with this man in the hood, a veteran of front line duty in the Middle East, about the pain and difficulties of veterans returning home with PTSD and difficulty finding work

 

Many Bernie supporters were present, standing up for the environment and protecting the most vulnerable among us.

 

The man holding the banner on the left told me that he sought refuge in the US in the 1980s, after the Argentine military coup, and he became a naturalized citizen. He’s discouraged to hear politicians disparage immigrants and refugees, so he made a sign to express solidarity with them.

 

When the MLK Day march started at noon in Seattle, Veterans for Peace led the way.

 

This banner quotes Martin Luther King on the dangers of scientific power outrunning spiritual power. Nuclear disarmament and peace were goals expressed on many of the signs of the marchers. There were many participants, for example, from the Ground Zero group that warns of the massive number of nuclear weapons on the submarines that are docked at the Kitsap Naval Base just west of Bainbridge Island

 

Reverend Dee Eisenhauer (in sunglasses, holding banner, at left), the minister of our Eagle Harbor Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) of Bainbridge Island, marched with the Faith Action Network

 

If nothing else, can we at least make the world safe — and better — for our children and grandchildren