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    Loves ponies. Hates phonies. Regina Phalange's Avatar
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    OMG I really was dehydrated but bathrooms were few and far between. I had to take tiny sips just enough to keep from dying. There were a lot of people here in Boston. We had Elizabeth Warren and Ginger Kennedy whose real name I forget. Thousands in the crowd. But like I couldn't hear the speakers that well and there was no shade and so hot (it's 95F right now, 35C) so I kind of just marched from point a to point b and then when shopping. If it were cooler you could just have chilled in place, but you HAD to be in the shade and the shade was too far back to hear the speakers.

    It seemed mostly peaceable. As I was leaving I almost got flattened by bike cops. They rushed to an intersection where there was lots of yelling. I heard a chant of "SHOW YOUR FACE", so maybe someone in a klan hood or similar? Mask? But we left before the situation got out of control. Then I hit primark and got harry potter flip flops to make up for the heat stroke I was barely staving off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Regina Phalange View Post

    It seemed mostly peaceable. As I was leaving I almost got flattened by bike cops. They rushed to an intersection where there was lots of yelling. I heard a chant of "SHOW YOUR FACE", so maybe someone in a klan hood or similar? Mask? But we left before the situation got out of control.
    Mystery solved



    One of my friends made this shirt for my friend who ended up wearing it



    I didn't bring a sign but I got one from the ACLU, so that was nice.

    eta: I didn't take this picture but just happened to come across it and it was my favorite sign I saw today (several times... the guy and I were in sync)



    In Mass, a lot of our road signs look like that, so it was a nice, local protest sign with a good message

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    My sign for one of our local rallys. Very hot day. After 2 hours I left. I was getting kinda sick from the heat and lack of breeze. No issues. Very calm. Mayor spoke. One of our Congress people running for governor also spoke. My sign drew more attention than I thought it would, but not negative attention so it was fine.
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    I'm packing to head to Poland tomorrow for a week. I'll be visiting Warsaw, Lublin, and Krakow. We're visiting the ghetto, Auschwitz, and the extermination camp at Majdanek. I knew from the moment I interviewed for the trip it would be incredibly hefty emotionally. But I don't think I was prepared to go with all the new meaning each sight, sound, and smell would hold. It was supposed to be a learn so you can teach and it won't happen again trip. It wasn't supposed to be a here's where you're headed America journey. The added context is getting rough and not something I anticipated.

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    The rally here in Sacramento was a mixed bag. It was so inspiring to have such a HUGE turn out. Hearing our chants echoing down the streets between the buildings gave me chills. But the even wasn't well organized which resulted in some mixed messages coming from the stage. A small crowd wouldn't let the mayors wife speak, talked shit about the mayor to his face, and then shamed politicians for not showing up. It was confusing for us in the crowd. The organizers had to correct the message a few times. THEN that small crowd started an unplanned march that took away part of the crowd.

    STILL, it was 90% amazing. The local native american tribes got together and did an amazing drum circle, dance, and blessing of the event. Many of the speakers had me in tears, it was so powerful and inspiring all in all.

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    NYC was great. I was surprised and impressed at just how well organized it was. There was a ton of people. It took us hours to get a across the Brooklyn Bridge. It reminded me of the women's march where there was just too many people to actually march. (Obviously not a bad thing!) The sun was brutal. We are in the middle of a heat wave and the temperature got close to 100. It was amazing to see everyone sticking it out and making sure their neighbors were okay. A highlight for me was the reactions from all the supportive motorists on the bridge as we were crossing.

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