BOSTON STRONG, BOSTON BEAUTIFUL, BOSTON WOMEN’S MARCH!

boston-womens-march-gloucester-contingent-copyright-kim-smithboston-womens-march-jason-sarah-matilda-grow-copyright-kim-smithThe day started with a wonderful chance meet up with Gloucester students and the Grow and Abrams-Dowd family. Thanks to both families for their kindness; I so enjoyed the train ride into town with Bo, Sarah, and Jason. We were amongst the early birds arriving on the scene and it was tremendously exciting to see the preparations underway and the crowd swelling in number throughout the morning.boston-womens-march-1-copyright-kim-smith

Girls applying glitter, of course!
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boston-womens-march-manchester-essex-high-school-copyright-kim-smithManchester-Essex Contingency

The newest estimate is perhaps 175,000 attendees at an event where initially 25,000 were expected. The Boston Women’s March was one of over 600 peaceful rallies held around the world. Reportedly not a single arrest related to the march took place in Boston.boston-womens-march-21-representative-ann-margaret-ferrante-copyright-kim-smith

Representative Ann Margaret’s friendly face in the crowd.

People rallied for different reasons–for compassion and dignity towards others, equality and justice for all, for better stewardship of our environment, affordable healthcare, to protect women’s reproductive rights, for equal opportunity for the disabled–along with many other issues. The signs carried reflected all our concerns. For those who may be wondering why and to what end, I believe it is the coalescing of many movements into one and the beginning of a new world movement. Women are refusing to move backward and most assuredly, there is more to come.boston-womens-march-22-representative-ann-margaret-ferrante-copyright-kim-smithboston-womens-march-7-copyright-kim-smith

boston-womens-march-26-savannah-fox-tree-copyright-kim-smithFirst Nation’s Savannah Fox Tree stunned the crowd with her beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace, sung in both Cherokee and English.boston-womens-march-19-pastor-mariama-white-hammond-copyright-kim-smith

Pastor Mariama White-Hammond from Bethel A.M.E. Church gave a compassionate sermon.boston-womens-march-28-senator-elizabeth-warren-copyright-kim-smith-jpg

Senator Elizabeth Warrenboston-womens-march-34-senator-ed-markey-copyright-kim-smith-jpg

Senator Ed Markeyboston-womens-march-28-congressman-joseph-kennedy-iii-copyright-kim-smith-jpgCongressman Joseph Kennedy III – the pink haze on several photos is my camera’s lens trying to see through an ocean of pink pussy hats 🙂

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Mayor Marty Walsh

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The official program began with music and dance performances, followed by speeches given by our fiercest advocates. The march was to follow however, it was delayed by several hours because the planned route was overflowing with marchers. Participants were not just from the immediate Boston neighborhoods, but had come from all around the state. The Boston Common and streets surrounding the Common had become a sea of people. Despite the human gridlock, kindness and patience prevailed.

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boston-womens-march-9-copyright-kim-smith boston-womens-march-24-copyright-kim-smithGridlock at the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets where two streams of marchers converged.

boston-womens-march-25-copyright-kim-smithBeacon Hill side streets were also jammed with marchers.

INSTAGRAMS FROM THE BOSTON’S WOMEN’S MARCH

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img_3847High School kids from Manchester, Essex, and Gloucester

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Spectacular day, spectacular turnout, and spectacularly positive Boston women’s march. Tons of men participated, too, and the event was a true rainbow coalition. Wonderful to see so many friends from Cape Ann! We arrived extra early because of the train schedule, which allowed us to be super close to the stage. The crowds just grew and grew and grew throughout the day. Lots and lots of photos to share, too many to look through tonight after a long day “marching.” Quotes around marching because the turnout was so tremendous that there was marching foot-traffic-gridlock throughout the city. Estimates have participants numbering somewhere around 125,000. EVERYONE was calm and patient and thoughtful. I think the most wonderful part was seeing so many young people at the march. So proud to be an American

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