This Thursday at 6 pm at Columbus Circle on the eve of President-Elect Trump’s Inauguration there is going to be a big demonstration. Headlining this event will be Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, Mark Ruffalo and the Mayor with many other notable personalities scheduled to speak and attend. A demonstration of this magnitude on the eve of a new administration is unprecedented and historic, just the sort of thing New Yorkers love. As Americans we’ve had a free ride and a ‘good time’ for too long. Now it’s time to wake up, stand up and do the right thing. There may be very little we can do to turn this red tide but HOPE is the one thing that can’t be reversed, trampled, compromised or bought. It’s our most precious commodity and we better protect it because no one else will.
Considering the time of year you can expect it to be cold and getting colder as the night progresses. The weather report is key to that plan. Warm clothes, gloves, scarves and hats are a given, but shoes are something to consider carefully. They must be warm but also comfortable to stand in for several hours out in the cold. Let’s all agree that flip flops probably aren’t going to work this thursday. Smart wool socks that keep feet warm and yet breathe, wicking away sweat are a smarter choice. Long underwear also. Light weight down coats and vests won’t weigh you down in the way a heavy wool coat will.
Just as important is having a working knowledge of the area where the demonstration will happen, how to get there and even more importantly, how to get home. You have to expect that there will be hordes of participants so maneuvering is not going to be easy. Figure out a plan by subway, bus, cab or on foot. You’ll need to know the best way to get to West 59th street and the most fluid routes out. I say stay to the sides in a crowd that large. Plant yourself in a spot that gives you access to an exit of the area. Keep a charged phone in your pocket, it may save your life. You’ll see when/where trains are, be able to call a car to rescue you or have a map at your fingertips to find your way home. The train stations will be a zoo so prepare for that. Penn Station and Grand Central will be swarming with people as will the subways on the West side : 1,2,3,A,B,C,D,E. Remember that television and Social Media will be covering the event in force so no need to worry you’ll miss anything in the event you can’t participate.
Most of all, we are privileged to live in a country that allows people to gather and express their views without fear of reprisal (so far…). It is our right and duty to stand up to tyranny. See you there!