10K turn out for Women’s Walk Portland

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Women’s Walk Portland from Sun Media on Vimeo. (Dan D’Ippolito / For The Forecaster)

Marchers line up along the Eastern Promenade on Munjoy Hill Saturday, Jan. 21, at the start of the Women’s Walk Portland, one of many marches around the country held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington to support causes expected to be threatened by the administration of President Donald Trump. (Dan D’Ippolito / For The Forecaster)

Portland police estimated at least 10,000 people participated in the Jan. 21 Women’s Walk, which stretched down Congress Street from Munjoy Hill to Congress Square Park. (Dan D’Ippolito / For The Forecaster)

Elizabeth Jones of Scarborough at the Women’s Walk Portland on Jan. 21. (Dan D’Ippolito / For The Forecaster)Keziah Roy helps her niece, Juniper Belcher, 1, of Brunswick, with a sign during Women’s Walk Portland on Jan. 21. (Dan D’Ippolito / For The Forecaster)Deb Doherty of Steep Falls outside the Munjoy Hill Fire Station on Congress Street in Portland during Women’s Walk Portland on Jan. 21. (Dan D’Ippolito / For The Forecaster)Bethany Marshburn-Ersek of Gorham leads a group of marchers down Congress Street during Women’s Walk Portland on Jan. 21. (Dan D’Ippolito / For The Forecaster)Mary Anne Butts of Portland leads a chant at Congress Square on Saturday, Jan. 21, during Women’s Walk Portland. (Dan D’Ippolito / For The Forecaster)Anne Gregory of Yarmouth leads a chant that helps stop traffic at Congress and High streets in Portland during Women’s Walk Portland on Saturday, Jan. 21. (Dan D’Ippolito / For The Forecaster)

  • Charles Martel

    “I stand with Maine Muslim Community.” Does that mean this genius knows how Muslim women are treated under Sharia law? Am I crazy to expect women who march for women’s rights under the guise of our U.S. Constitution to be opposed to Sharia law? Has anyone taken the time to look through the list of hard-Left “partners” who have co-sponsored the March? The whole protest against Trump is distasteful no matter how many phony feminists show up. Did conservatives protest Obama to this extent? Trump won; Hillary lost. Grow up!

    • EdBeem

      I am going to say this just once. You and your hateful attitude are why millions of people were in the streets last Saturday and why millions more will rise up to oppose the hateful Trump agenda. Trump refused for years to admit the legitimacy of the Obama presidency and also refused to pledge to recognize the results of the 2016 election unless he won. So you and he will just have to forgive the majority of American voters who voted for Hillary Clinton for believing that Trump as an illegitimate president installed by Russian and FBI meddling. He won a narrow, tainted election and he does not have the support of the American people. So far he has showed himself to be the petty liar we know he was. Donald Trump is the greatest threat this nation faces and the good people of America are not going to let him and his nasty followers dismantle our democracy.

      • Charles Martel

        No, it’s the Left that is filled with hate and intolerance. They have corrupted the culture and we’re not going to sit back and take it anymore no matter how much you whine and twist things around in favor of your disastrous and corrupt policies.

    • JimDSull

      There’s that great old American saw about how ‘I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend with my very life your right to say it.’ Protest and disagreement are central to the American experience, and yet there’s this caterwauling from the Right for people to shut up and get in line silently behind a demagogue and a narcissist. That may be the way they do things in Russia, but that’s not the way we do things here.

      • Charles Martel

        Oh, stop it. You’re overreacting. Peaceful protests are fine as long as they have substance. The point I was making is that the sponsors were hard-core Leftists. They pretend to defend women but never say boo about the treatment of women under Sharia law. Why is that?

  • peterplus

    Here’s the good news. By 2045 the demographics of America will finally make white men a minority and pathetic cowards like this clown martel with be swept away along with his prejudices and his guns. Right now some young girl who is heading to her elementary school will one day organize a march to celebrate martel’s destruction. If anyone remembers him at all it will be with horrible shame.

    • Charles Martel

      Sounds like you have some issues with your liberal white guilt. Of course, you also see nothing wrong with the invasion of refugees into Europe which is really a “Hijra”. Otherwise, why aren’t the oil rich Islamic countries inviting them in?

      Fyi, “The Battle of Tours was fought on October 10, 732 between forces under the Frankish leader Charles Martel and a massive invading Islamic army led by Emir Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi Abd al Rahman, near the city of Tours, France.”

      It appears that the current Martel isn’t going to go away anytime soon despite your bravado.

  • Chew H Bird

    I think the march is wonderful. Although I did not participate, I understand the importance of rights for all Americans and this march exemplifies the best of us. The connection of the march to our current President is disappointing, (in my opinion). Respect for free speech, regardless of how distasteful it may be, should be exercised by all.

  • Charles Martel

    There is an old saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know” and it pertains to many (not all) of the supporters of the Women’s March in DC, Portland, ME & elsewhere: