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WOMEN’S MARCH | L O S A N G E L E S

“Well-behaved women rarely make history.”

-LAUREL T H A T C H E R ULRICH

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January in Los Angeles this year could be best described as a monsoon. Okay, maybe that’s a little hyperbolized. Nevertheless, we’ve had uncharacteristic amounts of rain this month. With our current drought-ridden situation, we’re quite consoled by the rainfall. As a result, LA has been refreshed with greenery resembling the Pantone color of the year. (Well-played M. Nature).

For instance, this week it’s rained 5 out of 7 days. Friday, it rained all day. Sunday, it rained all day. Saturday, well Saturday was sunny and warm. A crisp bite was in the air when you found yourself in the shade. Saturday, January 21st 2017 also marked the official Women’s March in Downtown Los Angeles. Little did we know, that in attending and showing our support, we would be a part of written history.

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It was as though the heavens supported our efforts by offering this momentary hiatus. The sun shined bright and wide on us all, while we marched and made hisherstory. We expected a large turnout, roughly 80,000 people. What we got was much much more. As we turned the corner we found ourselves among what seemed like half of LA. On that beautiful Saturday morning, Evan and I marched for the equal rights of all.

The drums and chants rhythmically surged through my soul like the beat of my own heart. In that moment, I felt my beat was one with everyone else’s. A sense of unity washed over me. I felt utter peace and the strength in numbers for the first time. What an unbelievable feeling it is to be connected to a passionate, fired up community and make history through peaceful action.

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Saturday I felt the power of LA surge through my soul as I marched through the heart of the city. I was amazed by the love that filled streets I’ve so often walked alone, with no purpose but my own. For me, that’s what made this all the more impactful, that shift from personal to universal; the coming together of ALL, united against hate.

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Submerged in mass energy, we made our way to the middle of the crowd. There was a positive peacefulness that filled the air. I felt extremely lifted. Like kinetic energy, we slowly ascended up the hills towards Grand Park. As we gained momentum, we gained energy and passion. The joy and love was undeniably infectious. Our spirits weren’t crushed, they were elevated. There was something so special about the day that we couldn’t stop reliving and talking about it.

The next morning we found out LA had an estimated 750,000 attendees alone. In DC, the turnout was 3 times the size of Trump’s inauguration the day before. With more than 3.7 million people (and still counting) that took part in Women’s Marches around the world, it’s safe to say we participated in one of the largest demonstrations in history. (Not bad for my first protest).

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On a micro scale, it was inspiring to see all the creative chants and posters people came up with. People speaking their mind and using their god-given creative gifts for the power of good. Simply incredible. In the downtime before the march began, I found myself scanning the crowd to understand what people were fighting for.

To me, given the circumstances, the artistry seemed to be ignited with fiery passion. Passion on fire is crazy and something I’ve experienced myself. In that way, regardless of our different lives and struggles, I felt their pain and fire. I felt harmony and compassion.

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As powerful as these moments look in photo, there’s something to be said about video. The true essence of this event was captured best in sound and movement. That being said, here’s a short compilation of my favorite clips recorded throughout the day.

 After seeing the numbers roll in yesterday, the message became clear: Numbers don’t lie, and never underestimate the strength of passion. This is just the beginning. We must keep the momentum for this fight is far from over. However, as this marks the beginning of 2017, we will be in for a year of history in the making.

Power on,

M

37 thoughts on “WOMEN’S MARCH | L O S A N G E L E S

  1. NANCY LEE KELLY PRODUCTIONS says:

    JUST DYNAMIC WITH TRUTH ON THE SUBJECT IN YOUR BLOG ,,I LIVE ON 6TH AND SPRING AND I WAS RIGHT THERE WHEN NATALIE PORTMAN ,, AND DEBBIE ALLEN
    THE STAGE WAS SET UP RIGHT ON MY STREET,,, IF I ONLY WOULD OF BUMPED INTO YOU I WOULD OF HAD YOU IN FOR TEA OR COFFEE,, ,, BUT ALL I CAN SAY IS YOU NAILED IT WITH YOUR BLOG,,, THANK YOU!

  2. pipesnbuttons says:

    I so wish I could have participated, but I was thinking of all you and was there in spirit! I’m all for women’s rights and equality. Thank you for being a part of a movement that will make history.

  3. Seema says:

    Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any points for first-time blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.

    • Ms. Morgan Ryan says:

      Hey Seema,

      Congrats on making the move to start a blog! I’d say really hone in on your voice/style and what your specialty is. Then passionately and consistently work on it and put out content!

      Xx,
      M

  4. Dom says:

    Wow, I wish I was home, I would have loved to attend this march. I was with all of you in spirit. This is just so powerful girl. I can feel the emotions coming off of these shots. As a man, I support you and all woman 100%. I’ve been thinking a lot about these marches and I am truly amazed and touched to have seen so many people attend.

  5. Brooke Marston says:

    It was such a powerful day. To see so many people out there, being kind, using their voice and refusing to allow the rights of others to be taken away.

    We’re in precarious times, but this helps us remember there are a lot of people calling for kindness and love. And that is what silences the bullies.

    Thanks for putting together such a beautiful piece about the day.

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