One Year Later: The Resistance Continues
In case there was ever any doubt, thousands of marchers made one thing abundantly clear on Saturday: the resistance is alive and well.
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, more than 200,000 marchers took to the streets in New York City on Saturday, with other cities boasting similarly impressive numbers: 500,000 in Los Angeles, 300,000 in Chicago, 100,000 in San Francisco, and still thousands more in smaller cities across the nation.
Over 200,000 people took to the street yesterday in New York City to fight for the future of their country. It was the one year anniversary of one of the greatest protests in American history, and it was a promise to keep the fight going. https://t.co/U2ZBaOnao3
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 21, 2018
Saturday’s march echoed the sentiment of millions who have spent the past year exercising their rights of resistance. A reminder here: the physical act of marching doesn’t make or break your status as a protester; it’s just one means of standing in solidarity. There are others, too—petitions, protests, rallies, fundraising, and perhaps most importantly, the vote—and each act of resistance is just as legitimate as any other.
The Women’s March did cement one truth for all participants, lest they forget: there is tangible power in physical unification for the greater good. If Trump thought he could bully or Tweet his way out of criticism, he’s spent a year being proven wrong. Outside of a few minor legislative accomplishments, Trump’s government has been unable to deliver on its promises, presenting instead a Commander in Chief who’s proven himself increasingly unstable and unqualified. The unsavory cherry on top of his first year in office? Trump’s actual attempt to twist the Women’s March into proof and support of the economic success courtesy of his own leadership. Twitter collectively cringed, then raged.
Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
Thus, with a rallying cry that started on Central Park West and echoed throughout New York City (with the sentiment especially loud in front of one Trump Tower), New Yorkers had all the fuel they needed to persevere (or, perhaps more fittingly, persist). And while Saturday’s protest meant a great many things to a great many people—the question of “Why I March” has always delivered a variety of good and resoundingly different responses—the consensus remains the same. Namely, “we want a leader, not a creepy Tweeter.” Who can argue with that?
Stay tuned to Milk for more coverage of the resistance.