Attending the 2017 Women’s March in Austin was a wild ride. Plans for a Dallas one seemed vague, and the charter buses to Austin were filling up, so off I went to the capitol. But in 2018, I could not imagine being anywhere else but Dallas.¬†The Women’s March Dallas was well organized and clearly missioned.¬† I estimate there were about 10,000 of us ‚ÄĒ a remarkable array of ages and races, with a lot of family units, and a bunch of woke men.
The camaraderie on the DART train from Mockingbird Station with the feisty¬†First UU women was delightful.
Waiting for the March to Begin
We gathered downtown at the Arts District¬†parking lot near St Paul Methodist, rather surprising a funeral¬†happening at the church. A sea of pink did not jive with the occasion.¬†Once there, I saw dozens of people¬†I knew. The fun of getting there early is capturing all the signs. I love how proud the women are of their signs. Through some miracle, I found my friend Dianne in the¬†crowd and we marched together.
Waiting: Family¬†Units & Youth
These are some of my favorite¬†take-no-prisoners signs ‚ÄĒ tough and inspiring.
I loved our march route. Rather than the usual stomping¬†around City Hall, the route led from the Arts District, all the way through Uptown (past some marvelous architecture and aroma-rich restaurants), to north of Victory Park to the Pike Park and the historic Little Mexico¬†area. In the video below, when we’re making sounds to echo beneath the overpass, I am the “who hoo” at the end.
The march mass must have been a mile long and it took creative maneuvering to get us all in. We were lucky enough to snag a location close to the speaker stage. The warm-up recorded music had great dance tunes like “We Are Family.” The emcee was¬†vivacious, and speakers were briskly paced and¬†astoundingly diverse.
The Rally: Signs
The Rally: More Family¬†Units & Youth
The Rally: More Hellraiser Signs
The Rally: More Woke Guys
WFAA Facebook live¬† overhead video footage of rally
Dallas Morning News, Jan 20 Sat: Pink-clad multitude gathers downtown for 2nd annual Dallas Women’s March