Saturday's Unity in Community March in St. Augustine was one of hundreds held across the U.S. and world that day in solidarity with the record breaking Women’s March on Washington.
The Women’s March on Washington’s website states, “The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths, particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.”
In St. Augustine on January 21, demonstrators said they were seeking respect, acceptance and equal rights for all humans.
Sister marches took place in more than a dozen other cities in the state, over 600 across the county, and on every single continent in the world.
Like the Women’s March on Washington, the march in St. Augustine was not merely an anti-Trump rally, it was an opportunity for members of the community to support each other, publicly and fervently.
Marchers of all ages, genders, races and sexual orientations patiently mingled at the foot of the Bridge of Lions as they waited for the march to begin at 1 p.m.
Supporters were still arriving as chants of “Love trumps hate!” rang through the air. Cars driving past the crowd honked in solidarity; two women in a vehicle flashed the crowd, cheering on their fellow protestors. The atmosphere was positive and refreshing.
Millennials were well represented at this event, leading chants such as, “My body, My choice!” and “No Trump, No KKK, No racist U.S.A.!”
St. Augustine native and University of North Florida political science major, Seth Campbell, said, “The problem is red county Democrats are more … More