I haven’t blogged much since the election (it is after all, an election blog), but with the inauguration mere hours away, I thought it’s time again.
I am in Washingthton, D.C, to report on the Women’s March on Saturday, and on my way here I witnessed a inspirational example of how you should talk to someone who doesn’t share your political opinion.
A single woman had a ticket to the inauguration, the rest was coming from NYC for the march. It’s was pretty clear that most of the people on the bus were pro-Hillary, when the Trump supporter got asked what she is in the city for. She answered: “I am from the other side as you guys.”
And then the woman across from her said, “No, I don’t think so. There are no fences.” It completely took the Trump supporter by surprise, and meant she could then have an actual conversation with the people on the bus instead of getting defensive or aggressive.
Kudos to the woman on the bus to D.C.
Like I mentioned, I am interning in Washington right now, and while I was walking down Pennsylvania Avenue the other day, I came across this:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave might be the most famous address in the country. Home to the White House, it has endured a long history of presidents and first families, all the way to the Obamas.
Following this year’s elections the famous building will either – for the first time ever- see an old inhabitant again (Clinton) or welcome real estate mogul Donald Trump.
For Trump the building itself might be a disappointment, after all his current domicile is made of gold and marble and modeled after Versailles.
Maybe that’s why Trump is busy building a new castle-like hotel that is set to open this year – albeit on 1100 Pennsylvania Ave and not on 1600. Who knows maybe he wants to replace the White House and establish a new presidential home? I wouldn’t be the first controversial idea he has ever had.
It’s time to take mass nonviolent action on a historic scale to save our democracy. This April, in Washington, D.C., we will demand a Congress that will take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice.
Please go to the Democracy Spring website to find out more about the Week of Action (4/11-16) that is being planned in Washington DC. We are organizing interested New Yorkers to take part in this historic event. Join us at the launch party and get involved!
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W 64th St.