Saturday, January 21, 2017

Bend shows solidarity against Trump

Drake Park was packed with protesters
On a snowy, cold Saturday morning, about 5,000 men, women and children of all ages gathered at Drake Park to protest the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

It was move of solidarity for the Women's March in Washington today where the crowd of more than a million marchers dwarfed the crowd at the inauguration on Friday.

The size of the Bend protest was remarkable and likely unprecedented in Bend's history.

Many wore pink pussy hats and hundreds carried signs with sayings that captured the moment:

"We shall Overcomb"

"Respect our Existence or Expect our Resistance"

"Now You've Pissed off Grandma"

"Don't Make America Sick Again"

"Finally a Solution to Global Warming, Nuclear Winter"


"Super Callous Fascist Racist Extra Braggadocious"

"If my uterus shot bullets, it wouldn't be regulated"

At one point, some in the crowd starting singing We Shall Overcome, but the words were We Shall Overcomb ... someday.

It was wonderful.

Clearly, organizers were overwhelmed by the size of the crowd because it extended from the gathering spot at the grandstand all the way to the march's end in downtown Bend. We spilled out into the roadway and blocked traffic.

You couldn't hear any instructions from organizers, but it didn't matter.

I think everyone was impressed that there were so many like-minded people in a region that voted for Trump.

There were people from all over Central Oregon tromping through the two-foot snowpack in Drake Park and sliding on the icy sidewalks.

Bend was one of nearly 700 cities worldwide that participated today. Nearly 5 million around the globe rallied against Trump.

Now, the challenge is how to channel that energy into something meaningful.

Certainly, boycotting corporations that contributed to Trump is one way.  Check out website for a list or corporations to boycott. And, boycott anything with Trump's name on it.

Find out which companies in Central Oregon supported Trump and boycott them, too.

Also, stay involved and participate. Make your voices heard.

And vote.

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