Women’s March Dallas 2018: Pink Strength

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 — a remarkable array of ages and races, with a lot of family units, and a bunch of woke men.

DART Mockingbird Station

The camaraderie on the DART train from Mockingbird Station with the feisty First UU women was delightful.

We’re on our way! We filled every car up and many people had to wait for the next train.

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

By Jann Aldredge-Clanton

Waiting: Woke Guys

Waiting: Hellraiser Signs

These are some of my favorite take-no-prisoners signs — tough and inspiring.

 

A freedom of the press sign — hell, yes. This is the masthead motto of The Washington Post.

Marching

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.

https://www.facebook.com/michael.graffeo1/videos/10210629949922068/

 

 

Sign says: My last march was in utero.

The Rally

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.

By Veronica Valles. This rabbi did a terrific take on Miriam. Love that sign.
By Veronica Valles
By Veronica Valles

 

The Rally: Signs

The Rally: More Family Units & Youth

Sign says: Angry women will change the world

 

By Veronica Valles

The Rally: More Hellraiser Signs

By Kathy Grey

The Rally: More Woke Guys

A man is holding this poster with the names of women killed in domestic violence. Best poster evah.

Media Coverage

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

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