Women Rally in Pasadena

“Hey, what did you do with those pictures you took at that Women’s Rally event at City Hall?”


Another inquiry from a friend the other day changed my mind about using “those pictures” for a photo essay on that event, mixed with our new President continuing to make front page news every day, persuaded me to make this quick article for those who want to see just a little more from the Women’s Rally at Pasadena City Hall from last weekend. 

Plus, it’s the first time I’m writing on this site in a while.

Unless you avoid the news, you may have heard a few hundred women in the Pasadena area gathered  recently in Centennial Square outside Pasadena City Hall to hear speakers rally against some of the campaign proposals of the 45th President of The United States of America – Donald J. Trump

It’s turned out to be one of the very first gatherings “against” Trump (organizers claimed it wasn’t anti-Trump) since he became President.

Among the speakers were politicians: democrat Senate majority leader Senator Kevin de Leon, democrat Congresswoman Judy Chu, democrat state Senator Anthony Portantino, and, the lead organizer retired Pasadena librarian Jan Sanders. 

They spoke out for for their particular issue of concern, their fear of what the new American President may mean to their women’s rights, their disgust with his attitude toward women, and ended with a rallying call to the crowd.

Those issues include: reproductive health issues (i.e., especially abortion), immigration rights for those here illegally, protection from sexual harassment, equal rights, education, and RESPECT.

They were preaching to the choir.

Although the new President was only on his 2nd day on the job, these gatherings were a warning shot across the bow to the President that he’s asking for trouble from at least one segment of Americans if he attempts to follow through against these issues.

Now, being an attendee at a political gathering is not on my Top 10 Things to Do.  Especially on a weekend day-off, especially on a cold day, especially if it means getting up early in the morning and losing beauty sleep, and especially if it means going on an empty stomach without time for at least a cup of Joe!!

But, when I happen to know some of the organizers of an event I’ll make an effort to show up.

Hey, what are friends for? This is what friends are for, some scenes from a protest rally:


I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. <  former President Charles De Gaulle, France




Welcoming Party.  A few familiar, friendly  faces & rally organizers – Jan Sanders, Claire Bogaard, Judy Kent – made me feel at home!  Organizers included Sanders, Kent, Pixie Bowden, Judy Hermosillo, Monica Hubbard, & Najeeba Syeed.





Sanders, the recently retired Pasadena Library Director, welcomes her fellow women. (You were wondering what retirees do with all their free time?)





Political signage was common.  This looked professional done, but sadly the artist name slips my old memory.  Anyone remember?   But I do know the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena also played a role in creating political signage art for the local marches.





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Lydia Finkley, one of the approximately 10 speakers, spoke on her issue – education.





It was great to see former Pasadena city councilwoman Jacque Robinson-Baisley make this early morning wake-up call.   Immediately aimed my camera her way and she automatically posed with her message & winning smile.


Politics have no relation to morals.  < Niccolo Machiavelli




MC Judy Hermosillo of the IBEW union, left, introduces another speaker.


My observation suggested an attendance estimate of around 700 people (90% female, at least 50% Planned Parenthood supporters, & maybe 1% Trump voters) The biggest chunk were from Pasadena, of course, with the remainder from neighboring cities.


All of us who are concerned for peace, triumph of reason & justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.  < Albert Einstein



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The speakers gave their message, of course, but so did the people with their signs, voices, and their clothing. Some of these protest art signs were created under the guidance of my artsy friend – Joan, at her Armory Center for The Arts




California state Senator majority leader Kevin De Leon


For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.  < President Trump





Behind congresswoman Judy Chu is your humble photographer.




We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.  < President Trump



“Women March & Fight!”



We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over.  < President Trump




Who loves you ladies:  State Senator Anthony Portantino!

From the steps of Pasadena to the halls of Washington, we’re going to say enough.  < State Senator Anthony Portantino



Everyone approved of Senator Portantino’s message.


The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men.   < Reinhold Niebuhr




Angelica Salas, an immigrant rights advocate tried to fire up the crowd about immigration.



I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever, let you down!
America will start winning again, winning like never before.   < President Trump





The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. <  former President Franklin D. Roosevelt




The rally over, my hope is that if nothing else people gained a renewed faith to believe in Truth.  Afterward, some of the women would join up with a larger rally at Pershing Square & Grand Park in downtown Los Angele, part of similar protests in cities across the country.  Did you attend either one?


The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Everyone is listening to you now.  < President Trump



Over the next 2 days following this event I was talking with a couple of women in Pasadena.  One voted Hillary, one went with the Donald.  With just a mention of my attendance at this rally, each woman let me know they did not agree with this political event as it related to the new President. 

We continue to be a nation divided thanks to politics & politicians as much as anything.  Nothing new here.


We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.  < President Trump


“You’re Hired!” 

“You’re Fired!” 

What say You?


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So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again!  < President Trump


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Once summer comes to a dead end in September we’re suddenly in the last quarter of the year.  The holidays during this last part of the year come rapid fire one after the other. “It’s the most happiest time of the year”, so the lyricist wrote in a song.  But the quickest too.  We don’t have much time to enjoy “the season” before we realize we’re back in the daily grind of a “new” year.

Don’t you agree this is the fastest part of the year?   Life is what happens when you think you were still into wishing good will to all, Christmas & New Years Eve partying, and shopping until you drop or into deeper debt. 

So, soon, a few weeks only, we’ll all be having to pay for those credit card shopping bills, wishing each other a “Happy New Year” and making those new year resolutions.  One of the most popular resolutions each year concerns improving our health. Every year! What’s that??

Which brings me to my purpose for writing to you today – my concern for your well-being!  This Saturday, 12/6/14, from 10am-3pm you’ll have a FREE opportunity to attend a Pilates open house here in Pasadena: ESSENCE of MOTION PILATES & WELLNESS STUDIO!

You know if I’m writing here then it has to be on a serious or important matter.

As with most things, you have many choices but I recommend Essence of Motion if you’re thinking of Pilates or bodywork. Why? First, besides knowing the wonderful, caring owner, I know a couple of people who love them, and, I’ve read nothing but excellent reviews online.

One more reason to visit: It’s also their 15th Anniversary Celebration! 15 years….they must be doing a good job.

I’m gonna leave you with a link with more details but lemme just say this about what you can experience at Saturdays Open House:

  • Pilates & Bodywork demonstrations
  • Expert Guest Speakers on Pilates, Acupuncture, Herbs, Nutrition, Health, etc, et al 
  • Healthy refreshments to drink & munch on
  • Opportunity to win Free Gifts
  • Special pricing on Christmas Gift certificates
  • It’s located upstairs in a historic 1930s Pasadena building!


Here’s that link for better info than I can give to the wonderful Essence of Motion Pilates & Wellness Studio:  OPEN HOUSE


Alright, I gotta go now.  Check them out Saturday – for 10 minutes or couple of hours –  and I may see you there too. 



1031 E. Green St. #210, Pasadena CA 91106



Happy New Year! Stay Healthy My Friends

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Beginning this Friday is the start of one of the big weekends in Pasadena.


Craftsman Weekend!


Presented annually by Pasadena Heritage (PH), one of the oldest, largest, and very best preservation groups in the world.   Without PH, many of the historic homes, architecture, landmarks, and neighborhoods would no longer exist in Pasadena!  Just two examples: without PH there probably wouldn’t be any OLD left in Old Town Pasadena nor would the Colorado Street Bridge still be standing!




Craftsman Weekend is the biggest event PH puts on, with bus, drive to, & walking tours of Craftsman era homes. Plus, special receptions at historic sites, lectures, workshops, and related exhibitors show their stuff at the Pasadena Convention Center.

If you live in Pasadena, or care about architectural or history, I recommend you attend – especially if you’ve never done so! 

Limited time this weekend?  Then of all the events in Craftsman Weekend I would suggest the Craftsman House Tour on Sunday.  Or, the Myron Hunt home tour & reception.  The only downside with the Hunt is it’s the most expensive event of the CW.  But you can participate in a CW event for as little as $10 if you’re a member/$15 if not.

Today I was breaking Pizza with a couple of Pizza lovebirds from Altadena. They love Craftsman architecture, yet were unaware of this Craftsman Weekend event!  I gave them a brochure, which sparked their interest and now they’re planning to go.  But I told them, “it starts in a couple of days – Don’t Wait!”   I’m telling my loyal readers also: “Don’t wait!”  For instance, tickets for the South Grand Avenue neighborhood tour are already sold out.


Here are links for more details, ticket info:

Craftsman Weekend 2014

You can purchase tickets at the Pasadena Heritage office or Online:

Purchase Tickets



Gotta Go! Gotta Work. Stay Thirsty My Friends

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