The plan was to go to San Jose for
the womens march. After we got to the Mountain View train station
I realized I'd left my camera at home. Virginia volunteered to
take over taking pictures.
We got there a little late. The
crowd was already wall to wall on Santa Clara St. We were trapped
on the light rail we'd gotten on an hour previously, when the
march was still asssembling. We began to regret that we hadn't
gotten off at St. James Park and walked the rest of the way. The
march proceeded past us for quite a while before the train began
to move forward.
You can't see them in the picture,
but there are a row of transit police holding a caution tape
keeping people off the tracks for the trains. After a lot of us
got off our train we saw this other train moving into the station
to do the same thing. They must have gotten backed up waiting for
a hole in the traffic. After that one came and went they gave the
street back to the march. We had joined in by then.
There was lots of random
conversation, along with occasional chants like "This is what
democracy looks like!"
I was happy Virginia managed to take
so many good pictures.
We got separated in the confusion.
Didn't line up as customers at the food trucks until near the end.
By that time they were sold out of vegetarian food. The lady we
talked to said "One after another, everybody wanted the vegetarian
choices." That gave me a "This crowd is very enlightened about
treading lightly on the earth." feeling.
Closer to the screen there was lots
of listening going on, but I spent my time at the other end of the
park where people were talking. Didn't listen so I can't report on
what they said. The general impression I got was "Thank you
everybody for being here." and "We are going to change things for
Virginia said a lot of the speakers
were from local nonprofits, talking about what they did and
inviting people to participate in their missions. One she
remembered vividly was all about preventing sexual violence in the
workplace. She also said the video screen and sound system were a
lot better than the one they'd had last year.
The talks were punctuated regularly
by big, low flying jets going by headed for SJC.
The "CLO$E THE GAP" lady was giving
out 79 cent bills that were about 79% the size of real money to
dramatize the difference between what men and women make.