Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's March in Hudson

The New York Times has photographs of women's marches in Washington, New York City, and other cities around the country, in major cities of Europe, and on every continent in the world, in response to Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday. Hudson may be the smallest city to have had a women's march, but the turnout was truly impressive. Carrying signs and periodically chanting "Forward together, not one step back," marchers--women, men, children, and dogs--made their way from Seventh Street Park to the waterfront. There is not official estimate of the number of marchers, but they filled the north side of Warren Street, and when head of the column had reached Third Street, the line of marchers still stretched all the way back to Seventh Street. Below Third, the marchers spread out to fill the entire street. 

Pictures of our march may not make it into the New York Times, but here are a few that Gossips took.

Lance Wheeler's video coverage of the Women's March in Hudson can be viewed on YouTube.


  1. Imagine if even a fraction of the marchers in Hudson cared about local environmental issues. No, we only protest general things at a safe distance which nobody can do very much about.

    For instance, did anyone ask the mayor why a mining company is running roughshod over City's laws? You want to protest neoliberalism? Start here!

    Yesterday, another in a series of unlawful actions took place when the railroad access road was graded and surfaced with Item #4.

    Sandy Point was graded, too (Colarusso property), and is about to get a pile of aggregate dumped on it. Probably tomorrow, when City Hall is closed.

    All of this and more is being done illegally, while City politicians dither and environmentally sympathetic protesters are ignorant of the City's environmental zoning laws, let alone their civic duties. (Trump is not responsible for the South Bay, we are.)

    One of the protest signs reads: "If Trump won't protect our air, water and natural heritage - we the people will."

    It's just absurd ... worthy of The Simpsons.

    Protest is vanity! Instead, DO something!

    Write to the mayor and do something that can only be done here, in Hudson. Ask why did a big corporation ignored the City's zoning laws yesterday (and in December, and last January too).

    It's perfectly appropriate to pose it as a question, but let the mayor know it's something to address.

    If you're feeling bolder, tell the mayor that the corporation must be stopped before its work on Sandy Point is completed (likely tomorrow). Demand a stop-work order delivered by the City's Zoning Enforcement Officer.

    Please make a protest that means something. Make it count:

  2. I'm in 100 percent agreement.

    Our elected officials need to aggressively tackle the city's problems and challenges head on; and I would add cars and trucks speeding in our alleys and up and down Union and Allen.