10,000 Jam Streets of Munjoy Hill for Women’s March to Congress Square Park


Portland Resident Julia Gustafson Marched With a Message for the Incoming Trump Administration.  “We Are The Witches You Couldn’t Burn.”

Some of the Marchers on Munjoy Hill Today.

Kathryn Yates, Sole Organizer of the Portland March, Today.

Lisa Rideout’s Sign Summed It up For Many !

Some of the Signs Like This One Were Made by MECA Students.

Walkers on Congress Street Near the Start of the March.

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.

3 thoughts on “10,000 Jam Streets of Munjoy Hill for Women’s March to Congress Square Park

  1. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  2. Good job, Carol! Love the signs you captured in your photos!

    – MaryK from 7-Eleven Congress St

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