A longer stroll

Approximately three weeks ago, Erik and I woke up before the crack of dawn at 3:45 am on a Sunday … on purpose. All according to plan, we left Park Slope at approximately 4:30 am and enjoyed an endless subway ride (with half of New York still drunk from the night before) up to East Harlem, where we met up with dozens of fellow morning-people-for-a-day, eager to begin our trip to Washington, DC to participate in the March for America to promote immigration reform.

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Our office had organized the trip for anyone interested in coming along, and I was all for it.

After a few hours of fitful bus-sleeping attempts, we pulled into a rest stop in Maryland for a stretch. Erik ordered a pecan caramel Cinnabon. I drooled.

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I may have had a few pecans, but really I stuck to this masterpiece: peanut butter, cinnamon, and banana sandwiched between two slices of Rudy’s.

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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm …

With daylight well underway, we continued on for the final hourish of our journey.

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And then we arrived!

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There were tonnnnnnnns of people, and this was just to get on the Metro!

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We arrived at the National Mall a few hours before the formal speeches began, so we had time to observe all the action taking place around us.

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Erik got caught up in the emotion and the passion of the day:

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And then we continued observing:

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The speeches started just in time for me to need to escape from the crazy sun in order to avoid heat stroke. In a feat of semi-planned but mostly coincidental luck, we met up with Erik’s mom and stepdad who happened to be in DC that day, visiting from Minnesota:

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We set off on a mission with them to check in at the Capitol for progress on the health care reform bill.

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We couldn’t get close enough to find out anything (though we all know what happened by now!), so we headed back toward our group in preparation for the march.

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And then we marched!

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And made Tim Burton faces:

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But in all seriousness, it was pretty cool to be involved in this momentous event for immigration reform right alongside the people who need it most!

And as a side note, the houses on the marching street were so pretty. Anyone want to give me one of them?

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Hmmm, I just realized there was hardly any food in this post! The Cinnabon must have short-circuited my camera’s photographic capacity 😛

Have you ever been to DC for a march before? The last time I went was for the pro-choice rally with my mom and aunt when I was 5!

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7 thoughts on “A longer stroll

  1. Lele says:

    Eesh I currently live half an hour away and I’ve never been to a DC protest (I did in college in Boston?).
    Soon! Now I feel guilty! I have opinions! I was a poli sci major!

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  2. Katelynn says:

    awesome! I wish I had been there. I usually go to DC a few times a year to rally for some good cause. Last summer- it was health reform and ending homelessness. keep up the great work! 🙂

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