Nasty, Brave Women came out all over the world to march, and even those who were unable to march found a way.
…These women would love to be joining the march. But they had a hard enough time convincing their landlords to let them go even as far as this spot in Thomas Circle. They are in their 80s and 90s, veterans of many cycles of American political harmony and social discord. The management at their building were terrified these seniors might get hurt even walking three hundred feet to the circle.
That concern wasn’t going to stop 83-year-old Harriet Fulbright from demonstrating her dissent against Trumpism.
“Damnit, I feel strongly about making our views and feelings known,” Fulbright said. “I’m here because I’m very worried.”
Like her fellow senior sign-wavers, Fulbright remembers the mass upheaval of the Vietnam era and the paranoia which government surveillance and sabotage of dissenters inspired.
Something about today’s moment is scarier than the demagogues before, both losers like Barry Goldwater and winners like Richard Nixon.
“This is new. Nixon was not my favorite,” Fulbright said, with a wry grin, “but I’m more worried now.”
Mamie Chesslin, 83, nodded along with that comparison from her wheeled scooter. As a former Department of Justice attorney who spent her career enforcing environmental laws, Chesslin knows better than most just how much federal agencies influence the future — for brighter or dimmer.
“I honestly wonder how we’re going to survive it,” Chesslin said. “He’s pathological in a way we haven’t seen before. The world doesn’t stop because of Donald Trump, but nobody told him that.”
Ms. Chesslin is right on the money. She puts that sharp mind right on the big, huge problem: Trump thinks he can do anything he wants, and he’s surrounded himself with people who tell him that’s right. He’s also surrounded by people who have enough power to try and make that a reality.
“I’ve been astonished and delighted by the reactions from younger people today,” said Tina Hobson, 87, who helped rally the group to defy the well-intentioned concerns of the residence staff. “Instead of an intense, anxious day, it’s been a lot of fun.”
“When you get to this age you remember what life was like before Roe vs. Wade. You can tell the stories,” she said.
“None of us thought we’d be doing this again.”
At a mere 59 years of age, and the unwanted product of pre-Roe life, I never thought we’d be doing this again, either. Yet here we are. Stay strong, stand up, shout out. Resist.
Via Think Progress.