Pittsburghers drive at RFK Stadiumm for the Peoples March, April 29. (Photo courtesy of Fred Kraybill.)
In Washington on April 29 more than 200,000 people in the Peoples March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice showed that the Trump administration’s attacks on the environment and the climate movement will be resisted with passion and reason. Joining the huge throng of indigenous people and members of labor unions, faith-based organizations, and environmental groups were three busloads of people from SW Pennsylvania. Across the nation Sister Marches involved a further 100,000 people, and here in Pittsburgh about 1,000 people marched in Oakland.
The long day for the 150 bus riders began at 4:30 am. In DC the weather was hot and humid, but the atmosphere was exciting and inspiring. As one of the riders wrote afterwards:
“I derived hope from this event. It’s an unfortunate aspect of my nature to envision the worst possible future and to expect very little of my fellow human beings. My default mindset is that people are selfish and primarily look out for themselves. But when I see tens of thousands of diverse people from all over the country (and world) marching to protect the planet for future generations with possibly very little to directly gain for themselves, it gives me hope that all is not lost. While I can’t say I’m optimistic about the future, I can say that I feel energy building and see a light growing brighter. My fervent hope is that this carries us all to a better place where the planet and all living creatures can thrive in a sustainable way. I see this movement as being about more than just the environment; it’s about a just and compassionate way of living and working in the world. Like everyone else, I’m fumbling my way forward trying to be better than I’ve been. For me, this march was a gift of energy and hope to keep me moving in that better direction.”
Our thanks go out to the folk who represented SW Pennsylvania in the national march and who took part in the march in Oakland. Thanks are also due to these local groups for their financial support of the bus riders: Allegheny Group Sierra Club, Group Against Smog and Pollution, Marcellus Protest, and 350 Pittsburgh.
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