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Yesterday I went to the rally in Copley Square protesting the ban on Muslims entering the US. I didn't get to hear any of the speakers, but I heard (and participated in) the chanting -- "Love, not hate: that's what makes America great!" and "Love, not fear; refugees are welcome here!" What impressed me about this crowd was that although we were all packed in tightly, there was no pushing, just polite "can I squeeze through?"s and strangers boosting each other into trees. When a guy climbed the tree next to me, I passed him my phone and he took this photo for me -- as soon as I got my phone back, another stranger asked me to email it to him.
a panoramic image of the crowd in Copley Square, as seen from up in a tree

Here's another from later, when I eventually managed to get up onto the steps of the brownstone building (I don't actually know what the building is -- a church?). The diversity in the crowd was impressive -- someone's sign described him as a descendant of immigrants (who came over on the Mayflower); I saw Jews carrying signs saying "We've seen this before;" I saw lots of different skin colors, I saw headscarves, I saw people of all ages.
a sea of people holding signs and chanting

It was energizing. I'm ready for action (and next time I'm bringing my own sign). But for now, back to making phone calls.
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a quilt with a haphazard triangle pattern, in teals and lavenders, yellows and blues

Someone's half-finished quilt project landed in my fabric stash at some point, and I couldn't figure out how it was intended to be put together, so I did some improvising. I'm pretty happy with the result.


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