Four students from the St. Joseph’s College community — Linda Lluedo, Michael Delgado, Alexandra Dos Santos, and myself, Christopher Malcaus — traveled to Washington, D.C., April 29 for the People’s Climate Movement to rally for jobs, justice and climate action.
While traveling there and marching, we met new people, networked with others on our bus, and found commonalities with marchers as social justice warriors.
When there is a need to rectify a social issue, those who hunger for change are at the forefront.
As we arrived at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, we were met with other climate supporters and plenty of porta potties. The rally began adjacent to the U.S. Capitol, a spectacle and one of my personal favorite D.C. buildings.
Walking past the Capitol, one marcher (who held up makeshift solar panels as his poster boards) referred to it as “Corporate America HQ,” showing to us the kind of political attitude that many of our counterparts at the rally maintain.
Throughout the rally (which started at the Capitol and ended at the White House), we saw many creative signs.
“I’m Marching For Her,” read one sign, attached to a baby. Another read, “So Serious That I’m Even Here During Finals.”
Others included, “Make the Earth Green Again” and “Trust the Science.” A kite-like globe floated with a poster that read, “God Loves Her, Do You?”
As we marched, a fellow protester chanted, “Show me what democracy looks like.” as we responded with, “This is what democracy looks like.”