About 10,000 or maybe many, many more Marchers jammed the streets of Munjoy Hill this morning walking in the non-violent Portland Women’s March. Pink “pussy hats” and colorful signs carried by the protesters sent all manner of push back messages to the new Trump administration; women don’t like his attitudes toward us so far and women, immigrants, the disabled and many others are watching his steps in the coming days.
“It’s just nice to see so much creativity,” said Deb Murray, who was watching the March from the top of the Hill on Congress Street. “No Plan B,” “Build Bridges Not Walls, and “No Putin Puppet” were three of her many favorite signs that passed by her viewing platform. No fan of Trump’s, a view shared by most at the March, she had unflattering words for him and added he was not a very good businessman either.
“Trump represents a glorification of great wealth in an individual. I’ve never liked that about him,” said Curt MCormack (D), a state representative from Burlington, Vermont. “It’s unbelievably dangerous for the future because we don’t have the resources for everyone to live like Donald Trump does. We lost the presidential election because of the politics of selfishness. The working class would have done better under Clinton,” he added.
One low-income man who lives on Congress Street on the Hill admitted he and his friends had voted for The Donald President. “We are now very, very nervous about what he plans to do. It’s not like we thought it would be, already.”
“It’s been going on for 40 – 50 years. We are talking about the same old issues. Women’s rights and equality. I’m tired of it all,” said Lisa Rideout as she was walking back up Congress Street after the rally ended at Congress Square Park to retrieve her car. (See upper right photo with sign.)
“Portland should be proud. It was a fine showing,” said Randy Billmeier, of Yarmouth, who with his wife was walking back up Munjoy Hill from Congress Square Park.
Kathryn Yates, a Portland resident, was the sole organizer of this historic event.