On January 21st, 2017, the day following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, people from all over Massachusetts gathered on the Boston Common to show their support for those most affected by hate, intolerance and acts of violence occurring throughout the country. The Boston Women’s March for America was the second largest act of solidarity shown in the United States with over 175,000 marchers.
“It’s getting everybody together and showing power in numbers” said Zach Schwartz, from Stoughton, Mass.
Participants gathered on the Boston Common for a rally starting at 11 am followed by a march beginning at 12:30. There were more than eight times as many attendees as expected, so the march got off to a slow start. People were stuck in one place for almost an hour as the march began because the streets intended for the march path were filled with people gathered for the rally.
“There needs to be civil disobedience,” said Wendy Carton, from Brighton Mass. “We are here peacefully to just express how we’re feeling.”
The rally featured speakers and performers from a variety of communities and ethnic backgrounds. There were indigenous representatives, worker union speakers, governmental representatives, such as Elizabeth Warren, and more.
“Today, we were so proud to stand in solidarity with 175,000 people in Boston. United by more than 600 sister marches happening throughout the world, we sent a clear message to elected leaders that we are a country that stands for equality, dignity and justice,” said march organizers in a statement following the march.