Winner gets a free GMG tshirt
GloucesterCast 215 With Kim Smith, Joel Favazza and Brandon Pratt of Happy Valley Ventures, Pauline Bresnahan and Donna Ardizzoni Taped 1/22/17
The day started with a wonderful chance meet up with Gloucester students and the Grow and Abrams-Dowd family. Thanks to both families for their kindness; I so enjoyed the train ride into town with Bo, Sarah, and Jason. We were amongst the early birds arriving on the scene and it was tremendously exciting to see the preparations underway and the crowd swelling in number throughout the morning.
The newest estimate is perhaps 175,000 attendees at an event where initially 25,000 were expected. The Boston Women’s March was one of over 600 peaceful rallies held around the world. Reportedly not a single arrest related to the march took place in Boston.
Representative Ann Margaret’s friendly face in the crowd.
People rallied for different reasons–for compassion and dignity towards others, equality and justice for all, for better stewardship of our environment, affordable healthcare, to protect women’s reproductive rights, for equal opportunity for the disabled–along with many other issues. The signs carried reflected all our concerns. For those who may be wondering why and to what end, I believe it is the coalescing of many movements into one and the beginning of a new world movement. Women are refusing to move backward and most assuredly, there is more to come.
Mayor Marty Walsh
The official program began with music and dance performances, followed by speeches given by our fiercest advocates. The march was to follow however, it was delayed by several hours because the planned route was overflowing with marchers. Participants were not just from the immediate Boston neighborhoods, but had come from all around the state. The Boston Common and streets surrounding the Common had become a sea of people. Despite the human gridlock, kindness and patience prevailed.
Yes, the official BPD estimate for the Boston March is 175,000. What an experience to be part of that extraordinary exercise of our First Amendment rights. And what an emotional trip to be there with my wife, my daughter, her husband and Shanti and Raj.
In August, 1963, having just graduated from college and awaiting the beginning of my first term at law school, I attended the Martin Luther King march on Washington. It was a singular moment of my life. In the intervening years I have attended and documented probably hundreds of demonstrations, marches and rallies. I have talked to my grandkids about these things and now they have had their first experience in participatory democracy. I truly believe it will stay with them as long as my early experiences have stayed with me. They felt the embrace of this wonderfully diverse and energetic nation, and the boundless hope that is generated by love, mutual respect and the dream of a better world.
Sunday is the best day of the week in my book…even better that we get to sit around with some good grub, a roaring fire and cheer on the PATS! GO PATS!!
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Friday, January 27, 6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
An evening of friends, fun and discovery
Come celebrate at the Museum after regular visiting hours! Join us for interactive games in the galleries, a dance performance “Dancing the Woods” by artist Dawn Pratson, light refreshments and local beverages.
CAMafterhours is perfect for people looking to meet and mingle with other creative adults, switch up their date-night, and/or experience the Museum in a more hands-on way. If you haven’t visited us before, then this is the night to do so and enjoy the magic of the Museum after dark. Guests are invited to continue the evening with our collaborator, Short & Main restaurant, a short walk away.
Tickets are $20 for Cape Ann Museum members, $25 for nonmembers (ages 21+). Includes Museum admission, guided and self-guided games in the galleries, dance performances, music, hors d’oeuvres and local brews –…
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