After the Washington march: ‘we’re not afraid, we have to move on’

Published on January 28, 2017

Cecelia and her mother, Edith Callaghan, left, were astonished to meet fellow Wolfville resident, Terry Drahos, second on the right, in the midst of the Washington crowd Jan. 21.

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WOLFVILLE NS – “There’s no making sense of it. It’s through the rabbit hole.”

A week ago three generations of Edith Callaghan’s family travelled to Washington D.C. to participate in the Women’s March.

Another Wolfville resident Terry Drahos decided on Christmas Day that she was going to meet two friends there.

Taking the same flight and arriving on Jan. 20 (Inauguration Day), they the U.S. capital was not crowded.

“No one was on the subway,” recalled 11-year-old Cecelia Callaghan. “It was not as busy as a normal Friday,” added Drahos.

This image shows a portion of the huge crowd that marched.

 

The following day, Saturday, was a different story. The subway was packed. Wifi was shut down and roughly 1.2 million people gathered downtown.

In the midst of tall adults, Cecelia said, “I couldn’t see anything.”

 

But she felt no fear.

 

“I’ll remember it forever. There were a lot of moms and daughters there.”

 

The mood remembered her mother, Edith, was happy, positive and encouraging. Pink ‘pussy hats’ were everywhere.

 

She was overwhelmed by the call and response from the giant crowd and the amazing collective organization that brought so many to the city.

 

“There were rich urbanites and suburban moms, men with their partners,” Drahos said. “It was like a melting pot.”

 

The marchers parted and walked around small right-to-life displays with a chant of ‘my body, my choice.’ The most frequent chant was ‘love trumps hate.’

 

Drahos, a Chicago native, was stunned when she was thanked by a police officer for attending. A federal park ranger, governing the neutral Martin Luther King memorial, told her ‘your placards fit this memorial.’

 

 

“There were no arrests, no incidents,” noted Drahos. “It was incredibly diverse. They were a very polite  crowd because everybody was on the same page.”

Callaghan suggested that many felt a pent up need to voice their frustration and the march proved both powerful and cathartic.

The two women, who have dual citizenship, have accepted they will now need to write U.S. politicians to continue voicing their concerns about the decisions president Trump is making. Perhaps a march of scientists will be next, Callaghan wondered aloud.

“We’re not afraid,” she stated. “We have to move on.”

Another Wolfville resident, Dr. Rachel Brickner, also flew to the Washington for the march.

Did you know?

The Women’s March was the largest mass demonstration in U.S. history and 5 million people took part globally, making Jan. 21 likely one of the largest coordinated global protests in world history.

 

Massive amounts of placards were left outside the Trump Hotel in Washington after the march.