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Donald Trump creates massive “safe space” to keep feminists away from inauguration

  • The Women’s March on Washington was slated to take place at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 21. 
  • According to a Facebook event page, more than 138,000 vowed to march.
  • The event hopes to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights,“ according to the event page. 
  • But now, marchers will have to find a new space to send that message.
  • On behalf of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, the National Park Service has taken precautions to secure large areas of Washington, D.C. in observance of Inauguration Day, the Guardian reported. 
  • The legislation also established a "massive omnibus blocking permit” for several of D.C.’s landmark political locations — including the Lincoln Memorial — for time both before and after Jan. 20, when the president-elect will officially be inaugurated. Read more

On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Despite his humble beginnings and lack of formal education, Lincoln distinguished himself as an honest leader and a powerful speaker. Leading the nation through the Civil War, our 16th President fought for unity and helped bring an end to slavery in our country. Modeled after the Parthenon in Greece (the birthplace of democracy), the Lincoln Memorial honors his legacy. It’s a towering icon on the Washington, D.C., landscape that attracts visitors from all over the world to be inspired by Lincoln’s words and accomplishments. Photo courtesy of Drew Geraci.

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Women planning mass march on Washington when Trump takes office

Women anxious that a Donald Trump presidency in the United States could set back or destroy many of their rights are planning a massive march in Washington one day after he is sworn in. 

The march is planned for Jan. 21, 2017, the day after Trump is to be sworn into office, at Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial.

The Lincoln Memorial was the site of the famed civil rights march in 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Fallout V/S reality, pictures collected but not taken by me. 

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“Just one sunbeam, please?” I found myself muttering as I watched a narrow break in the stratus clouds move east across the sky in the moments before sunrise Sunday morning. The sky was gray and drab at the time, and it lacked the vivid shades of red and yellow that I hope to photograph during my sunrise shoots.

Photographers know the pain of waking up before 5 a.m. to find that clouds have obscured the sunrise. The best sunrise colors occur on the edge of cloud decks and storm systems, but if the clouds move in too soon and completely cover the sky, the sunrise colors turn to shades of gray.

But the narrow break in the overcast gave hope to me and my photography friend, Dennis Govoni, who had joined me for the photo shoot at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. My hope was light from the rising sun could shine through the gap in the clouds to produce sun rays with shades of red and yellow light, giving a splash of color to the otherwise gray sky.

See more here: Photos: “Just one sunbeam, please?” 

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August 28th 1963: March on Washington

On this day in 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place. The march was a key moment of the Civil Rights Movement, and a triumph for the nonviolence philosophy which underpinned the movement. The march is best remembered for Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial, which extolled King’s vision of an America free of racial discrimination. Other speakers included chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee John Lewis and veteran civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph. When politicians in Washington heard about the march many, including President John F. Kennedy, feared that there would be violence and rioting. The peaceful gathering of over 250,000 supporters of civil rights, with many whites in attendance as well as African-Americans, highlighted issues of racial discrimination and unequal housing and employment. The demonstration in the nation’s capital, and King’s speech in particular, spurred America into action and paved the way for the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act, vital tools in the fight for racial equality.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’…
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”