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Inauguration Day 1/20/17

Bridging the Gap

The Hands Across the Bridge event was such a life-giving experience. I appreciate how well organized it was. The response of each participant was so positive and kind. I heard about the event through a friend. I really needed to participate in something hopeful on a day of dread. I stood on the bridge in prayer the whole time – praying for the earth and for all the creatures who dwell upon her. I am certain that people united for good effect change – deep and lasting change. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in bringing about the good things that are coming!…

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My First Inauguration Day Celebration

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* On January 20, a group of Presidio Hill School students opted to observe and join Bridge Together, and we walked along the Presidio cemetery memorial with Archibald MacLeish’s poem on our way to the bridge. Here is a reflection from one student, who was four years old when Obama was inaugurated:

Inauguration Day: what everyone reads about in their textbooks, but very few of us experience it. I have always wanted to actually experience Inauguration Day, and now I have. It all started by having one hour walk of anticipation to the Golden Gate Bridge. Once we got there, a colossal group of people reuniting together, as a whole standing and showing that no matter what happens they will stand together. At that moment I felt less scared of what might happen in our future, I felt like I was safe and protected. Then we all held hands, peering over the Golden Gate Bridge. As more and more people jo…

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At a time like this, we cannot be quiet

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When I was on the bridge, I noticed that everyone was wearing purple as a sign of solidarity. People looked sad and depressed as if something in their life is been taken away. On the way down to the bridge, I was talking to my friends who’ve all had President Obama for most of their childhood. It’s incredible that we’ve switched from the first African-American president to a borderline White supremacist so fast. For me, it’s so surprising to have a different president, especially someone who has made nasty comments about women and wants to build a wall to keep immigrants out. I was thinking about this when we were on the bridge, which made me feel frustrated that we weren’t doing more and that we were just standing on a bridge being quiet. I realize that we need to be inclusive of people who are Trump sympathizers, or maybe even voted for Trump, but I think this is a …

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What is this?

The concept is brilliant and should be repeated–in GG Park, around the Embarcadero, across the Bay Bridge, along the Dipsea Trail, and everywhere else we can think of. I would suggest, however, that we drop the purple. It was a good idea, a healing idea, but what is needed isn’t so much healing as a reaction against Trump. Let’s drop the pretense and get serious.…

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The Healing Power of Holding Hands

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The following is what I posted on my Facebook feed after the gathering. It was an incredible moment that I will always cherish and never forget.

So many thanks to the organizers, volunteers and strangers who stood on a bridge on a cold, wet January morning.

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When I Am Old
by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,
And I shall spend my pension
on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals,
and say we’ve no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired,
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells,
And run my stick along the public railings,
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens,
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,
And eat three pound…

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Hear us Roar!

I Bridged Together Golden Gate on Friday and marched in the Women’s March Contra Costa on Saturday because I wanted to send a message. I wanted the world to know that, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, there are still people in this country who refuse to give up on our promise as a country…. the promise of building a more just society based on the belief that we truly are our brother’s keepers; a society that embraces our diversity and recognizes that we truly are all equals; a society that cares for the less fortunate, the disabled, the elderly and infirm; that guarantees healthcare as a right for all of us regardless of our ability to pay; and a country that is as committed to respecting people of all religions or no religion, not just the one practiced by our majority.

I wanted to show the world that there were still decent people in this country who were unwilling to aba…

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With Gratitude

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I took a day off work to link hands with other like-minded people. Although there were no speeches, the silence seemed a good way to mark the inauguration going on at the same time. I have been a San Franciscan for 61 years, so the Golden Gate Bridge seemed a perfect place to be.
Important to me also was the focus on joining hands – it feels symbolic of the work ALL of us citizens must undertake now: learning to listen deeply to others, even when we disagree.
I appreciate all the effort that your organization put into this!…

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Ms.

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It was a great event and I especially appreciated how you managed to get the universe to create that beautiful sky!…

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Why We Joined Hands

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My husband & I are social justice activists, and have been to dozens of rallies together since we met in 2000(Bush years, Iraq invasion, trump ‘election’…). We have 3 grandsons (2-8-12), and stand up for their present/future choices. I have friends and have worked with refugees, Holocaust survivor groups, domestic violence organizations, multi-cultural/religious groups, LGBTQ groups, in Canada (my home) & California (now) over the past 47 years. My passion, responsibility as an human being on Planet Earth.…

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The reason I attend

I am originally from Iran where you can not demonstrate or protest against government and there is no freedom of speech and press. In 2009 after rigged elections many have been killed and got arrested during protests. We should not take for granted the freedoms that we have and try to remember that these are what makes this country great.…

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