By Miriam Raftery
January 21, 2018 (San Diego) - An estimated 37,000 people took to the streets of downtown San Diego for the second annual women’s march protesting policies of the Trump administration, according to San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. Zimmerman tweeted photos of the large crowd, adding, “All of us thank you for saying hello throughout the rally and walk.”
Many East County residents participated, with some coming from as far away as Julian, our readers informed ECM. Some wore pink pussy cat knitted caps and many carried signs objecting to Trump administration policies toward women and other issues.
Speakers addressed the crowd at the rally’s end outside the County administration building.
East County participants shared their experiences on social media.
"Loved it!" Gloria Chadwick, Grossmont Healthcare Board member, posted on Facebook with a photo.
Nancy Kramer marched with a group of about 30 other women from Julian. (photo, right)
"The number of people who made the trip `down the hill' to El Cajon and hopped on the trolly to Little Italy, was in keeping with the national average of 1-1.6% of the population," she observes. "While the majority of participants were women sporting pink hats, I was delighted to see the large number of men participating, this year. The most popular men's sign was `I stand with HER' with arrows pointing in all directions but I also saw `I'm protesting so my future daughter won't have to.' My favorite sign was on a dog and said `Even I understand that No means No.'"
She adds, "This sign seemed to sum up the entire march: `"Too many issues, not enough signs!' and while that certainly seemed to be true with the myriad of issues represented, the majority of signs were clearly against the current administration's policies. The energy of the crowd was amazing. Great to see so many people who `stay woke' regarding social justice. It was a beautiful day in every way and I was proud to be a part of it."
Held the week of the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion, the march also had many women carrying pro choice signs and one that read "My vote, my choice."
Jay Steiger of La Mesa was among the men on the march. He posted on Facebook, “Uplifting morning at the 2018 Women's March. Positive energy and dedication to truly working to resolve the issues facing America. Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber rocked the house with her inspiring call to action "What are you going to do? Are you just going to talk about it...or are you going to get out there and walk!”
Steiger concluded, “Love and peace are beautiful flowers in the garden of humanity...hate and fear is a weed...a weed that grows through neglect of the garden. We ALL must continue to work and nurture the flowers we need."