Through my eyes

A personal time line account by Schoolcraft Connection’s Managing Editor Elizabeth Casella of her journey to the Women’s March on Washington

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Getting ready for the march. Image courtesy of Elizabeth Casella, Managing Editor

Jan. 20, 2017

8:30 p.m.- Participants in the Schoolcraft College community Women’s March began to arrive on campus and boarded the chartered bus for the all night trek to the nation’s Capitol.

9:16 p.m.- The group officially departed Schoolcraft College’s parking lot and the bus is on the road to Washington D.C.

9:35 p.m.– The bus is electrified with excitement. Everyone is settling in and a movie about feminism and the feminist movement over time that was made in 2014 is beginning to play. You can feel the jittery excitement for what we are all about to do between the seats. I am here to stand up for my rights as a woman, but also as a journalist. I want to be able to keep my voice and my First Amendment. I want to share my thoughts with the world through media and keep that right alive, no matter what Trump says he wants to do to take that right away and control the media. Everyone on this bus has their own reasons. Protests became violent earlier this morning during the inauguration and there is a fear of that happening tomorrow during the march, but also it seems it doesn’t matter because we are here to make a change.

Jan. 21, 2017

6:30 a.m.- We are all sharing some reasons why we are marching today. Michele said she is marching for every woman who can’t be here. Stephan said he is here to represent the women of Syria who don’t have a voice here when they should and that we should help their country more to bring them equality. Carol is he so the world can see the numbers the disapproval there is for this president and administration. Others said for the LGBT community, healthcare, those being oppressed, Medicare, mental health, environmental reasons and many more. The list goes on.

8:40 a.m.- The streets are flooded and buzzing with men, women and youth of all ages. Many different organizations and every individual was here for their own cause. Each participant has a different story to tell. Pink hats are everywhere. Some people made costumes to spread their message as well. Random cheering is breaking out along sections of the metro and the elevators and escalators. It has continued on the streets as well. I have a feeling it will be a common occurrence all day.

9:40 a.m.- There are endless droves of people, no matter where you look on the street. Coming from all directions. This is not just a march for women, it is a march against the new administration and the new era that they think is coming.

11:14 a.m.- Chants from today: “Show me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like.” “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Donald Trump has got to go.”

The main march starts at 1 p.m. but as you walk around and take everything in you see many mini marches going on within the crowds.

12:15 p.m.- as the march gets closer police presence is starting to ramp up. More park police on horses are showing up and armored vehicles. Ambulances and non-traditional police cars are increasing in numbers. No violence or unrest has occurred or seems to be close at all. Everyone is here to share their story and let their presence be known, but not be violent. This is the essence of peaceful demonstration and re-living the suffragette movement.

“Women united will never be divided.”

5:30 p.m.- The march has officially ended and we are on the metro headed to the bus so we can go home. The bus ride and the distance was worth the experience we have gained.

7:45 p.m.- Its great to have been apart of history and know that amazing things lie in our future and the futures of the other participants on the bus. Now we go home to rest and prepare for the next battle. The next civil rights spark has been lit and I am ready to be apart of it until the end.

Jan. 22, 2017

5:30 a.m. – After driving all night we arrive back to Schoolcraft’s campus.

To read more about the march, see: https://schoolcraftconnection.com/2017/02/04/the-future-is-female/