ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Days after the 2016 presidential election that defied the prognostications of pollsters, pundits and the candidates themselves, a friend of mine accurately predicted the need for sensible shoes.
“Buy comfortable shoes in preparation for marches and rallies if the new guy in charge goes after reproductive rights, gay marriage, mass deportations, Muslim banning, environmental issues or whatever cause you back,” I wrote in a Nov. 12, 2016, column, turning her shoe soothsaying into one of 10 suggestions on how to move forward through an administration that promised major policy shifts and a massive polarization.
Now as we head into this administration’s fourth year, it appears that policies have shifted or been outright obliterated, and the divide between supporters and resisters has grown ever deeper and more bitter.
And those shoes? Well, for many, they’ve come in handy at many marches and rallies, the largest and most transformational being the first Women’s March in January 2017, a day after the much smaller Trump inauguration.
It’s believed to be the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history, with millions of pink-hatted, poster-holding women (and men) filling the streets in Washington, D.C., and in hundreds of cities around the world where sister marches were simultaneously held – including in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Fort Sumner and Deming.