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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Pasadena Party Season!


Merry Post-Christmas & Happy Pre-New Years, my friends!

Parties…it’s beginning to look A LOT like Christmas!  An increase in partying, and shopping, Christmas tree lightings, etc, are common signs we’re getting closer to Christmas: the day we should actually be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  And after Christmas we still have the biggest party night to look forward to: New Years Eve!

I’m no party animal but you can bet I’m gonna attend a few parties!  Just a few.  Three so far for Christmas with the last coming up tonite to welcome 2015.

The great majority of these party invites result from some affiliation with the party host, usually your employer or some association – you’re kinda expected to party with them! I’ll write about my 2015 party season in 2016.

What follows are just a few photos from one of my favorite Christmas parties, last years (hey, I’ll tell you about 2015 in 2016!) Pasadena Tournament of Roses (PTOR) member appreciation Christmas party.

You heard me correctly. Like everyone else in December, the PTOR holds it’s own Christmas party.  It kinda plays Santa Claus in appreciation of the hard work and sacrifice of its 935 members (white-suiters) and families.  It happens just days before Christmas and New Years. I consider it the last day off besides Christmas that the members will have before the Rose Parade.  Crunch time is definitely this period.


WELCOME to OUR HOME! The 2014 Chairman/President & the 1st Lady of the PTOR are the official hosts/greeters of their special guests at the front door of “their” home – The Wrigley House aka Tournament House.  I’ve met them on several occasions and I can say how fortunate Pasadena and the PTOR were to have them representing us for this 2014 year. It was the 125th anniversary of the parade, 100th Rose Bowl game, and (as I constantly had remind my friends) the 100th anniversary of the Wrigley House/Tournament House HQ of the PTOR since the late 1950s.




FOOD. A mark of a good party, and a requirement in my party book, is Food! Here we are in the Dining room, or as we could’ve called it that evening – the Bakery Café!  Along with me, one of the only two married  Rose Queens looks on approvingly.





MORE FOOD. The Rose Room, largest room in the house, was turned into something more akin to a Vegas buffet.  And outside in the park, more food met the guests, including a special guest from the North Pole! (upper right) The Wrigley House aka Tournament House was filled with people inside and out.




A major draw to get me to attend any event is the availability of Food & Drink.  But with this PTOR party I’ve always left hungry.  My fault. It’s just that I’m capturing memories (photography), chatting with the people I know, and greeting those who I don’t, while munching here & there in between.  Well, at the end of the evening, the people have left, the food is mostly gone, and I’m left…still hungry!  Like I said. I’m to blame.

What’s a major factor to get you to attend an event?


HONOR & ADMIRATION. Back inside the Wrigley House, I caught a couple of the Queen & Royal Court committee members admiring their selection of the beautiful Ana Acosta as Queen of the 2014, and 125th, Tournament of Roses.




The PT0R performs its operations through many committees.  “White-suiters” typically spend a couple of years on a committee and move on to another, and then another, and so on. A lucky, hard-working few get to be the Chairperson & President of the PTOR for a year. Major benefits to counter the supreme responsibilities of such a position is they get to wear the  symbolic “red jacket” of Presidential authority/responsibility, and chose the theme & Grand Marshall of the parade.

You recall Dodger Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully was 2014 Grand Marshall! I remember congratulating the PTOR President on his GM by saying, “Congratulations on getting Vin Scully as Grand Marshall. Finally!. Darn it!, we finally found a President who could make it happen!!!” We both smiled & laughed. 


HOLIDAY SPIRIT!  Along with food aplenty, what’s a party in December without a Christmas Tree.  And Christmas carolers!   Trust me when I say they could’ve put even a Scrooge into the spirit of the season.




THANKS, HOSTS!  We should always thank the host of a party – the PTOR, in this case.  So, I think I’d give thanks 1st to the Queen & her Royal Court as represented below by Queen Ana & one of her princesses’, Elyssia. (A story detour on the photo below: Whenever I take photos of people I usually ask what kind of background do they want. Usually the subject will leave it up to me, of all people! So we started in the park, but too many around. Then, I thought of going inside. My mind was drawing blanks. Finally, I told the girls, we should just walk around for a minute until we see some “good background”.  When we got to the front of the house and saw the front entry, it became clear to all of us! So, this photo is to the side of the front door. A good position for a host and away from the “crowds.”)



Last but not least!, we also gotta thank, of course, the Chairman/President and his wonderful wife the First Lady of the 2014 PTOR.  R. Scott & wife Cindy Jenkins.          IMG_5160


As I mentioned in the beginning, the 2014 PTOR was a milestone year. The Chairman/President, the First Lady, and their Royal Court, were up to the challenge. That’s also one reason why they are my favorites of all Rose Parades I’ve witnessed.


The PTOR is always need of some new members, and a Royal Court, each year. Hopefully this will give you – YOU – a bit of motivation to consider getting involved with the PTOR by applying to be a member, or perhaps you meet the criteria for applying for Royal Court?  It’s work, but there are some benefits as you can see from this article. And one thing I can say if you’re associated with the PTOR: you’re good, giving, caring people!

Now, what about your parties, my readers: How many parties you attended? What makes a great party? Have you been a host?  Or, do you think you’re good “White-Suiter” material?



Taking Off the Rest of the Year! Stay Thirsty My Friends.

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