NewEnergyNews: SPECIAL FEATURE: The Women’s March, Los Angeles – Something Happened Here

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    Monday, January 23, 2017

    SPECIAL FEATURE: The Women’s March, Los Angeles – Something Happened Here

    The Women’s March, Los Angeles – Something Happened Here

    Herman K. Trabish, January 23, 2017 (Exclusive to NewEnergyNews)

    Three-quarters of a million people took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles Saturday to celebrate women’s rights. It quickly turned into a celebration of human rights in general and of the greatest human right of all, to stand up for yourself and speak out for your own beliefs

    It was a cool sunny day that fell between two days of rainstorms and was so clear the marchers seemed to be almost at the feet of the distant snowcapped mountains. There was a list of notable leaders scheduled to speak at The Women’s March LA but the timetable was soon interrupted by a turnout thirty times bigger than planners expected.

    As masses streamed into the narrow downtown canyons of the City of Angels, the L.A. Fire Marshall grew concerned for their safety and delayed events. By the middle of the morning, the schedule was forgotten.

    By then, the event had become the streets and the crowds on them. A wall-to-wall array of every age, gender, and color gridlocked movement in any direction. They carried posters and banners proclaiming an almost confusing political agenda that ranged from presidential politics to women’s healthcare and from environmental advocacy to human rights.

    Only one thing unified them: Their commitment to what their banners and posters proclaimed. The would-be marchers were there to stand up for what mattered to them.

    By the end of the day, away from the streets, a platoon of conservative women had been hustled out in the media to respond with a set of pro-Trump administration, pro-establishment talking points. One thing they repeated on radio and television was that those with conservative views had been excluded.

    What this reporter experienced in Los Angeles was the most inclusive, diverse, warm, and welcoming crowd he has seen at a political rally in the U.S. or Europe, going all the way back to the 1966 Sunset Strip protests. The Sunset Strip marches were immortalized in Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth, which opens with “There’s something happening here/what it is ain't exactly clear...”.

    Had a pro-life woman appeared in the crowd, she would have had to make her case, just like the numerous marchers who came armed with facts to back up their concerns.

    A young woman with a Marine Biology degree talked about climate change. A baby boomer remembered the Cold War and worried about Russia's meddling in the November election. A gay man working event security expressed concern about the new administration’s erratic positioning on economic policy.

    More than anything else, though, the streets seemed almost screaming with the voice of people demanding to be heard. And this movement is, yes, led by old-school Democrats with a traditional liberal agenda and the traditional slogan-chanting. But the fiber of this march was a very different constituency. The movement behind this march is where millennials have come to get a question answered.

    These astute millennials went to kindergarden in September 11’s shadow, saw schoolmates die in Iraq, Afghanistan, and this nation’s inner cities, and face mountains of student loan debt that will not buy them the careers they deserve.

    Their dream of Bernie was ripped away. And on November 8, the fading hope of Hillary was stolen.

    These young people, schooled by Kermit and Mr. Rogers, have the noblest and gentlest values of any generation this nation has produced. The diversity made the center hard to see but diversity is these millennials' ethos. Yet they have only one question: What happened to the world they thought they lived in while Barack Obama, really the only president they’ve known, was at the helm?

    Here’s what happened in the streets of Los Angeles Saturday: The crowd quickly became much too big for anybody to march. Nobody around Pershing Square or at City Hall or on the streets between them went anywhere. The march became a stand – for three hours.

    Many of the baby boomers in the crowd grew weary and sat down. Many Gen X-ers, often pushing strollers, got on their cell phones to make dinner plans. But the millennials started dancing where they stood.

    The message was unmistakable: “We will party until the streets clear because this is just the beginning of OUR time. We are here to begin remaking this country into the one we were promised and we are not going anywhere until that gets done.”

    There were few post-march parties because the march was the party. It celebrated the emergence of a new political generation.

    What remains to be seen is whether what happened Saturday will blossom into a political movement. Translating a march into changes on school boards and city councils and state legislatures across Southern California and the U.S. is where the party ends and the work begins.

    It is the next test for a truly great generation already tested by terrorism and recession. Saturday, on the streets of Los Angeles and around the world, these young people declared they want the work.

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    1 Comments:

    At 10:55 AM, Blogger randy said...

    thank you, Herman

     

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