Red, White, and Black

Friday’s gathering was funereal, and the dress code was black. We — a group of maybe 200-or-so gringos, old enough to clearly remember JFK’s assassination, when the bottom dropped out of our youthful political naivete —  assembled in front of the soaring Parroquia Church in the central Jardin here in San Miguel de Allende, at the exact hour that Trump was being inaugurated, to quietly express to our Mexican hosts: He’s NOT our President.

Me in front of the "No to the Wall" banner at the anti-inaugural demonstration on Friday
Me in front of the “No to the Wall” banner at the anti-inaugural demonstration on Friday

It was a peaceful demonstration. Participants held banners and placards (“No to the Wall,” “Vile Trump,” and much more) wore politically expressive black T-shirts (“Reinvent Democracy” was just one), and sang “We Shall Overcome.”

We walked slowly around the Jardin, while Mexican onlookers cheered, applauded, and gave thumbs up.  It felt good to stand up for these deeply held beliefs, to let our Mexican friends and neighbors know we’re with them, but it was indeed a sad day.

Part of the anti-inaugural gathering on Friday
Part of the anti-inaugural gathering on Friday

Twenty-five hours later, though, on a sunny, clear afternoon in the beautiful Parque Juarez, only a few blocks from the Jardin, the mood had changed entirely, and the dress code was white and red. This was a momentous occasion, one of hundreds of “sister” marches around the world in support of the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., which drew, altogether, roughly three million people.

An estimated 3,000 participants here — mostly women of all ages, but also many men and children, expats as well as Mexicans — filled the park with hope and joy in a balloon-festooned rally and walk in support of women’s rights worldwide. Trump’s name was hardly mentioned, as if he were already old news. This was a bright, new day.

Here are just a few of the dozens of photos I took at yesterday’s joyful, hope-filled gathering:

An overview of part of the crowd at yesterday's Women's Solidarity Rally and Walk in San Miguel
An overview of part of the crowd at yesterday’s
Women’s Solidarity Rally and Walk in San Miguel
Some of the happily defiant women at yesterday's rally in San Miguel
Some of the happily defiant women at yesterday’s rally in San Miguel
Children, too, participated in yesterday's event
Children, too, participated in yesterday’s event
The speeches, placards, and banners were in both Spanish and English. This one reads: "Women's Rights = Human Rights. Solidarity without Borders."
The speeches, placards, and banners were in both Spanish and English. This one reads: “Women’s Rights = Human Rights. Solidarity without Borders.”

 

18 thoughts on “Red, White, and Black”

  1. Merci pour tes mots et tes photos, chère Bonnie. Des jours inquiétants qui s’annoncent mais c’est réconfortant de savoir que, partout dans le monde, des femmes, des hommes se mobilisent pour dire NON à cette politique anti-démocratique.

  2. Excellent Bonnie…you caught the mood perfectly! Let’s hope our demonstration, along with our sisters’ demonstrations will change the direction of this current administration!

    1. Arti, did you see Trump’s criticism of the Saturday marchers: “Why didn’t these people vote?” He’s living in an alternative reality with its own “alternative facts.” Sad.

  3. That one sign said it all—everything we voted for on November 8 and will still work for from now to the end of our lives: “Solidarity Without Borders.” Loved your photos and narrative.

  4. Wonderful post, Bonnie. I went to the march in Santa Fe and they are saying that there were 11,000+. The march was exceptional and also the speeches.

    But…we have only touched the tip of the iceberg and there is much work to be done!

  5. You really have it, Bonnie … You articulate so beautifully the sentiments most of us share. I look forward to every WOW email. Thank you !

  6. Hi, Bonnie —

    I just noticed a picture of me on your blog. Great to see. I am on the hunt for a good picture of the march banner for use in follow-up. Is there any way we could use yours or do you have others? Thanks!

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