Today was the day of Women's Marches all over the United States.
The Washington DC and the San Francisco Marches got the most media attention, but there were many more marches in other cities across the country, including my own city of Walnut Creek.
The Walnut Creek Police estimate that over 3000 people...men, women, and children...attended this march.
I arrived with my friends at about 9:30 a.m. Much of the event was a rally in our Civic Park. Local politicians, representatives from women's and family organizations, and even Miss Black California spoke. There was entertainment and, overall, an amazing amount of spirit, despite a mostly rainy day and our standing in nearly ankle-deep mud.
The actual march part of the event was through the entire Downtown.
Amazingly, it was peaceful, orderly, and the local police and other authorities managed to keep traffic flowing on almost all streets. One some streets, the lanes on one side were for marchers and the lanes on the others were for traffic.
It worked and, at the end of 3 1/2 hours, we came away energized and knowing that we can, going forward, make our voices heard if there are issues and policies in the next few years that we feel are harmful to our human rights.
Here are some photos, taken between raindrops, of the Walnut Creek Women's March.