Saturday, January 21, 2017

Photo Recap: The Women's March in Philly

So today I joined upwards of 50,000 men, women, and children at the Women's March here in Philadelphia early this morning. Of course people were marching in cities all over the country and  world, with global sister marches happening in Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Bangkok, Delhi and Capetown - to name a few. This was my first time marching in such a large event so I didn't really know what to expect.  When I was in college, I attended Barack Obama's first inauguration which clocked in at a smooth 1.8 million people. Thinking back to that event as I prepared for today, I remember that even though the inauguration crowds were massive and a bit daunting, there was an awesome spirit of hope, inclusion, and solidarity. The best part about it was that it brought together so many people from all different backgrounds, ages, etc. for one common purpose. I knew I had to make plans to go to the march today, even if trekking all the way to D.C. for the main event wasn't going to be a realistic option. I'm so glad that I did!

My four-day work week was super busy so I had zero time to fashion up my own sign ahead of the event. Lucky for me, Amberella (a local street-artist whose work I secretly fan-girl over) let her IG followers know that she was giving out a limited batch of goth heart signs to both D.C. and Philly marchers. Pieces of her goth hearts series are all over the city (and country), usually in the most unassuming of places. I always get excited when I randomly stumble upon one here in Philly. The city had some *awesome* hand made signs out there on the parkway. I mean, wow! I tried to get a few photos of the crowds and the friends I met up with along the way:

My coworker Hayley made this lil' gem:

This guy told me that even though he didn't have a sign, he wanted to, "walk in her shoes" today.  And walk he did, I mean, I probably couldn't take more than three steps in those heels! 

I got a lot of really nice compliments on the jacket I wore today, which I literally just DIY-ed last night. I bought a $13 bomber jacket, and then printed up some iron-on images to go on the back and front of the jacket. It took me a couple of minutes to think about what I wanted to print on the back, but when I eventually narrowed my options down, I went with the name of one of my favorite Janelle Monae songs. I was really happy with how it came out considering I didn't have a lot of time to make it!

P.S. If you haven't heard it before, the video is below for your viewing pleasure! 

Until next time,

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