I'd heard there was going to be a
march in San Jose, so I decided to show up. My first clue that it
was very big was at the Caltrain station, where I found myself
waiting with a LOT MORE people than usual for the train. Once we
got to San Jose, the premarch from the Caltrain station to City
Hall was a lot bigger than most of the marches I've participated
It was cool. We just filled the
sidewalk and kept moving forward together. All around me I could
hear the happy sounds of people sharing the experience.
Every time we passed another bus or
train it was emptying a full load of riders onto the sidewalk.
With a crowd that big, taking transit was a smart way to get
By this time it was difficult to
move around without jostling people. We were still too far from
City Hall plaza to hear whatever instruction the organizers were
giving marchers. No problem, there were plenty of people around us
to chat with and lots of signs to take pictures of. A good time
was being had by most of us.
The woman with the morning's front
page on her back wanted to make sure you noticed that she had
scratched out the "UN" in the headline.
By this time we'd turned the corner
onto 4th St. Still moving at a very slow pace, but moving forward
There were two helicopters hovering
above us. Probably they were reporting that there were lots of us
in the street. Duh!
At this point we'd reached the
marches end. The crowd was thinning quickly, leaving behind just
the people that had something to say or weren't in a hurry to move
on for whatever reason.
There were speakers like California
Assembly member Ash Kalra who's the first Indian-American in the
Assembly. There were lots of people listening, but I wasn't really
one of them. Maybe I was just tired. Sorry about that.