In Photos: On The Ground At #WomensMarchOnWashington

We The People, artwork by Shephard Fairey

January 21, 2017. The day after the inauguration of a new president in the United States of America, whose name I refuse to say. The first day of a complete shift to a new regime and day of resistance marches all around the world. The premier event, the Women’s March on Washingtonwas held this morning and afternoon along Independence Ave., and it is on this day that I officially have become a part of the resistance.

You Cunt Touch This

As of this morning, I have been in Washington DC a few days, specifically to photograph Thursday evening’s Peace Ball at the new National Museum of African American History & Culture. Prior to today, I have not attended a march, and was super excited to do so as the timing was perfect, and I have never felt more strongly for the equal rights and progression of women all over the world. A group of six of us, all women of different ages and ethnic backgrounds, attended the march together, and the spirit in the air was incredibly positive. From our trip to the diner early this morning to fuel up pre-march, to getting to the Metro to head into downtown DC, 90% of the faces that were presented before us were of our fellow woman.

It almost felt as though every woman (and man) that had an opportunity to travel to or commute to DC for the march specifically, did. Arm in arm, outfitted in buttons, “pussy hats” (see below), and posters in hand, my photographic intent was to capture the words of the people via those posters.

 

Pussy Grabber

Central themes included that of women’s reproductive rights, immigration, rights of indigenous peoples and their land, sisterhood, denouncing the President and his authority, and solidarity. These themes were vocalized in the words of the vast array of speakers, including America Ferrera, Ashley Judd, Gloria Steinem, Janet Mock, Van Jones, Donna Hylton, and many many more.

Said Gloria Steinem in reference to our new president’s careless and immature use of social media (and possibly referencing Drake):

…that a Twitter finger does not become a trigger finger.

Police coming through

Law enforcement and the National Guard (with tanks) were present in droves for the march, but it did seem that the majority of them had no idea of the march’s route. Given the huge turnout of over 500,000 people, the march was unable to take its original route once speaking commenced way past the proposed 1 PM start time. What followed was a mass movement of people, but not in the most organized fashion.

Pussy Hats in formation

Despite a slight lack of organization from a route/path perspective, attendees remained calm and respectful throughout, with no arrests made. With over one million marches globally on this day, it felt especially exciting to be a woman, and to be present mobilizing on a day that will go down in history. Scroll down for more photos. This is day one, and we must continue to keep speaking up, mobilizing, and being the change that we want to see in the world that we live in.

The Future is Nasty

Indigenous Pride

Earn My Respect

 

*All photos by Andrea K. Castillo

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