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Police estimate 60,000 people marched here in Atlanta for social justice and in protest of the Trainwreck Presidency. My Congressman, John Lewis, was a keynote speaker and is emerging as a leader of the emerging Democratic resistance to the hateful Administration now in Washington. According to U.K's The Guardian:
The protest, in one of America’s largest and most diverse cities took on additional importance after comments Trump directed at one of its most popular lawmakers and public figures last week. After Congressman John Lewis, who represents about 75% of the predominantly black city, questioned Trump’s electoral legitimacy in an interview, Trump fired back, blasting Lewis’ district as “crime-infested” and calling the civil rights legend, whose skull was fractured by Alabama state troopers in Selma in 1965 “all talk ... no action.”
The crowd in Washington, DC was estimated to be in the "hundreds of thousands." In New York, The Times called Fifth Avenue "a river of pink hats." In L.A. the crowd was a quarter mile deep on some streets, even before it started to stretch out and march, and in Chicago, the size of the crowd so quickly outgrew even the most ambitious estimates that subsequent rallies and speeches had to be cancelled.
In nearly every city in the U.S., and in fact in cities all over the world, women, men, people of all colors and orientations, the whole diverse patchwork quilt of humanity, took to the streets in protest and said "This will not stand." As Bernie Sanders put it today, "President Trump, you have made a big mistake. By trying to divide us up by race, religion, gender and nationality you have actually brought us closer together. Black, white, Latino, Native American and Asian American, gay or straight, male or female, native born or immigrant we will fight bigotry and create a government based on love and compassion, not hatred and divisiveness."
It's been estimated that in total more than 2.5 million people participated in more than 600 marches worldwide. There was even a protest on a research vessel in Antarctica.
I did not attend this time. Cowed a little by the rainy weather here in Atlanta and unsure if my gender and race would send the appropriate message, I gave in and instead participated in a business conference call that was scheduled for a Saturday afternoon (one of my cases goes to court Monday morning).
But today was truly historic. The Trainwreck Presidency is not going to last.