Somebody gave me this flier that
more or less was the call to action that energized some of the
people that showed up for this march.
I'd heard that there was going to be a climate summit in San
Francisco to see what can be done about moving forward using
consensus and good science. It was going to be the centerpiece of
Gov. Brown's fight to get us all to take climate change seriously.
Whatever, it was one of those "everybody that cares should be
there" kind of things.
Virginia and I took the train up. We
got there too late to join the march at the beginning, so we did
the next best thing, going down the road they were scheduled to
come up until we saw them coming. Then we looked for a good place
to stand and watch people go by. We were waiting for our group so
we could join them, but we were also reviewing the march
ourselves. Virginia took all of these pictures because I'd
forgotten my camera.
For the most part, what I saw as
they went by is what I know about those people. You can see what
they had to say as well as I can. It's a bit different when an old
friend like Gloria Purcell goes by. I've ridden all over the state
of California in the passenger seat of her car. Had to stop for a
photo op when she and her husband went by. She wasn't on a walker
and he wasn't on a cane when I first met them, so many years ago.
The NRDC was giving out those shirts
with the California Bear wearing a gas mask widely. I got one to,
except mine has the slogan "PROTECT COMMUNITIES" instead of "STAND
UP TO BIG OIL". The fine print on the red stripe reads "Brown's
last chance", the same for all the different messages I saw on
The big version of that green sign
read "I can't hear you over the scientific consensus".
Saw several people with those orange
Trump/Pence stickers on them like it was a parade virus or
After the Green Party got to us we
fell in and followed them for most of the rest of the march.
The guy with the YES on Z sign
explained that it was a Monterrey County initiative that abolished
fracking anywhere in the county.
Behind us there was an endless river
of people with signs. Ahead of us it was the same. Virginia said
later that the crowd estimate was 30,000 to 40,000 people. I could
The guy with the green and blue flag
with the redwood tree on it explained that it was the official
flag of the movement to break off Northern California to make it
Finally we reached City Hall Plaza,
the planned destination.
Wow! What a march. I gotta think
about all the things I saw.