No hate, no fear

January 22, 2017

no-hateTo my (few) friends who supported Trump: I wish you could have experienced beautiful, loving, supportive, positive, diverse, non-violent and joyful Women’s March in San Jose, Calif. yesterday. What a stark contrast to the hate-filled rhetoric of those who support the man who now sits in the Oval!  We –and the millions of others across the globe–marched NOT AGAINST anything but FOR all the things that America stands for: diversity, inclusion, no hatred, freedom.

You have excused so much bad behavior from that man; abhorrent behavior that you would never accept from a husband or a son or any other man. And yet, you excuse him.  You align yourselves with some of the most crude, hate-filled rhetoric we’ve ever heard.  I can’t pretend to understand it. I don’t. You believe so many lies that others of us see through.

no-hateBut this event gave me hope.There will be a reckoning, I sense there will be. I don’t know what form it’ll take and it won’t be tomorrow. But as the massive crowds at women’s marches all over the world yesterday made clear, there WILL be a reckoning. But it won’t be a violent one. No hate. No hate. Only action. Political action. And no silly tweets and insults. Just action.

There was such joy in coming together with a 25,000-person-strong group of Californians of all genders, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, people who all believed in what we chanted:

Everyone is welcome here/No hate!/No fear!

and also

The people/united/will never be divided!

Come along.


Our sign.



As always, when I come across an officer on duty, I thanked this cop & others for being there & for taking care of San Jose. “You here for the march?” this one asked, early in the morning. “Don’t worry, we’re here for you.” Later, a sgt. told me that I had no idea how much it meant to hear that thank-you.


His mother is smiling from heaven. This man’s sign touched us.


F*** a senator. That’s what it says. Yep.


The prospect seemed to delight her!


Shockingly true.


Feminist men represent! There is nothing hotter than a feminist guy.



They walked even when it was hard to walk.


Who could have imagined science would be in question?



Smart people in Silicon Valley & everywhere are incredulous at how dumb this administration and its supporters are.


#WeareSanJose #WeareSiliconValley (did you know that?)


So proud of young feminists! Still here, yes….not going anywhere!

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Such amazing energy and love! So much love.


Budding feminists represent! #cute


Boomers represent!


Our gay brothers & sisters were well-represented.



Young feminists represent!



25,000 strong. No hate. Only love. Like the America we envision and will make reality.

11 comments on “No hate, no fear
  1. Susan COoper says:

    I hear you and feel the same. I attended the Sacramento march and felt the same hope and the beginning of a movement. It has given me hope. Now we need to get to work for the better good.

  2. Michelle R says:

    So inspiring. In my home, we are having very frank discussions with our kids. My favorite question and answer session came from my young, sweet daughter asking “why are men at a women’s march?” Good stuff! I hope this is making an impact on them so they will continue fighting the good fight. In four years, my son will vote. Much to do between now and then,

  3. hillsmom says:

    Hi Carol, I sent you a message regarding the March and Gloria Steinem’s speech before I saw this. Of course I should have known you would be in the thick of it. Thanks for the pictures of, hopefully, progress. Shall we take a short break while the orange anus denies this never happened?

    To digress for a moment, a real desecration Friday was seeing those short fingers on the Lincoln Bible. I didn’t watch any of the proceedings, but pictures were on the late news.

  4. Sapana V says:

    Donal trump is the First President who is facing so much rejection but the decision can’t be reversed. Hope this protest will help.

  5. Barbara says:

    We were marching in Philly and there were about 50,000 of us. It was so inspiring and inclusive and civil and friendly and SMART. Made me so proud! I’m resting up today and will post tomorrow. Thank you for this!

  6. Rena says:

    I love it! I was with all of you in spirit!

  7. The sign “Lock him up” really spoke out to me. Not that he should actually be locked up and hauled away, but because his whole campaign was based on “Lock her up.” You get what you put out. And he just had a whole shit storm of women, men and kids giving it back to him. Love the pics. I may have to start a Resistance Pinterest Board.

  8. Michelle says:

    These pictures are amazing! Thank you for being there and thank you for sharing.

  9. shelley says:

    Love, love, love the sign at the top! Make America Think Again – I certainly hope so.

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