There was a March for Our Lives rally today in Santa Monica, which I was hoping to make. I had somewhere to be in the morning, but was able to get back in time around when it was beginning. I hadn't expected many to attend, given where it was held, but I was surprised by how jammed it was. If I had to estimate, there were maybe 1,500 people. (I think there were other rallies throughout Los Angeles, so that isn't the total for the city.) The best thing of all were how many kids were there, many pretty young, but most high school age.
The march began at 15th street on Montana Ave. and headed to the Pacific Ocean, where there were speeches on the Palisades. I couldn't really hear anything, so I wandered around a bit and headed back.
In a perfect world, it would have been nice if a more visible location had been used. Montana Ave. is a nice, quiet street, sort of a boutique shopping around in Santa Monica that parallels between the far more busy Wilshire Blvd. to the south and San Vincente Blvd. a few blocks north. And the area of the Palisades was north of where most activity is. Of course, the reality is that most attention today was on Washington, and with other marches around the city, getting this many here was encouraging.
This photo doesn't come close to doing the crowd justice, but it's the best I could do...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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