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  • Smilla

    Amazing turnout for a protest that must have been planned on short (36 hours?) notice! After President Bannon’s first week in office, it was heartening to see so many people turn out. We need to keep it up.

    As far as I know, the protest wasn’t supposed to be a “march,” so I was pleasantly surprised to see everyone start walking. A similar thing happened with the Women’s March, where so many people showed up that the crowd split into at least two branches — one that followed the official route down Independence Ave. and the other down Pennsylvania Ave., which wasn’t supposed to be closed for the march. Does anyone know how that works? Does MPD make an impromptu public safety decision to shut streets down to accommodate unexpectedly large crowds? Does someone have to request that they do so first? Kudos to MPD and whoever else was involved in ensuring the roads were clear.

    It wasn’t possible for yesterday’s protest to be staged directly in front of the White House (Pennsylvania Ave., between Jackson Pl. and Madison Pl.), because the Presidential viewing stand and all of the fencing in the area are still up from the inauguration. People were gathered on Madison Place and Pennsylvania Ave, between the White House and the Treasury. I heard that the grandstand and fencing normally would have been removed within a couple of days after inauguration and that they’re being kept there specifically to prevent protestors from assembling directly in front of the White House. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this were the case. Trumpelthinskin strikes again!

    • Smilla

      Ugh. Why can I never get paragraph breaks to show up in my comments?

      • textdoc

        The system “reads” paragraph breaks as line breaks. To force a paragraph break, use a period or some other form of punctuation, like this:
        .
        Voila!

        • Smilla

          Thanks for the tip!
          .
          Testing, testing, 1-2-3…

  • Anon

    I’ve heard reports that people are going to meet in front of the Supreme Court tonight at 6pm for a press event lead by House and Senate Democrats.

  • E.

    What were the estimated numbers for attendance at the demonstration yesterday? I was very surprised and very pleasantly so by the number of people who organized and came on such short notice.

    • I was trying to find that too – haven’t heard anything official but heard some speculate around 25,000? Anyone else hear estimates?

  • SMH

    Be honest, it’s not a muslim ban. If it were, many other muslim-majority countries would be included. SMH.

    • Blithe

      True! Like the Muslim countries that Trump does business with! If the issue were a Muslim ban, surely those countries would have been on the list as well, right? SMH (sarcasm deep and deliberate)

    • Jojo

      Technically it’s a Ban Which Primarily Targets Muslims, but that’s just semantics. We know what it is. It’s no different from a phrase like “the War of Northern Aggression.”

    • Reality

      It’s weird and gross when people try to find ways to defend this nonsense.

  • kt

    Thank you to everyone who came out to protest!

    • kittycatbob

      Where can I go to find more information on protests happening in DC? I’d like to participate in some of them, however, I only get the news after the protest and not before.

      • I have the one at the Supreme Court posting at 3pm. I also posted Sunday’s protest on Saturday. If you’re on social media follow along on Facebook/PoPville or @PoPville on twitter and I push them out that way too.

      • Smilla

        I’ve found Twitter to be the best source of late-breaking news about events, particularly @PoPville. Thanks, Dan!

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