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By Madison Tyson
Multimedia Senior Content Producer

These photos are a documentation of the protests on January 20, 2017 at the One Resistance protest on inauguration night from 5-8 pm at Auditorium Shores, and January 21, 2017 at the Women’s March at the Texas capitol from 12-3 pm. They are photos of intriguing, creative, and powerful signs and of people I met along the way that show the struggle of the American people to have their voices heard. 

On inauguration night, I was a little anxious to see what was going to happen because I had heard of many protests around the country that intended to be peaceful, grow violent. I only went with one friend, Emily Forrest, but immediately felt like I was surrounded by hundreds and thousands of lifelong friends. Within five minutes of arriving to auditorium shores, I ran into old friends, Patrick Hall, who I used to be a summer camp counselor with, and Michael Johnson, the photographer who mentored me throughout high school.  Everyone was there for the same purpose and it felt like one big community of people who wanted to make a change. As the sun began to set and reflect on the Austin skyline, the One Resistance organizers had speakers and performers get the crowd motivated. Then we began to march around Austin. There were all types of people who marched, chanting in unison, phrases such as “stand up, fight back”, “black lives matter” “hey, hey, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go”, “the people, united, will never be divided”, “say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here”, and “love trumps hate.” The whole night was peaceful and uplifting, because we realized we are not alone in the fight.

The next day was the women’s march. Apparently the 85 degree January heat did not stop anyone from coming, because it was estimated that at least 100,00 people showed up. I went with two friends, Brooke Adams and Savannah Rhoades, and met up with my mom; it is a miracle that we pulled that off in that crowd. There were people of all ages, genders, sexes, races, ethnicities, shapes, and sizes. Walking through the streets of Austin, the people who could not participate were out on their balconies and cheering us on. Not only were people using signs to express themselves, but they were also wearing clothing, such as shirts, that said, “nasty woman”, and pink, knitted pussy hats. I became overwhelmed with emotions that I cannot describe. I felt the power of women and our allies while chanting, “Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!” and “My body, my choice! Her body, her choice!” After arriving back at the capitol grounds, there were speakers who shared stories, preached sermons, and gave rallying cries.

I am not well versed in writing, so I hope you enjoy looking carefully at each photograph’s content to see how these photographs say more than I could ever write.

All photos by Madison Tyson

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