Map 185 is pretty powerful. It shows many of the locations within the United States where protestors gathered and marched against the lack of women’s rights. It happened the day after the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump (shudder), which is no coincidence, but the protests were primarily about the attack on women’s rights by the new administration’s political party. The Republican Party wants to defund Planned Parenthood, taking away accessible healthcare for women, among other attacks such as reducing equal protections in the workplace. Millions of women marched across the country and world in solidarity of equal rights for women. The map showing many of the protest locations comes from the twitter account of Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (and tweeter with 53,000+ followers). The tweet with the map states, “Via UConn prof
@djpressman, between 3.3 million to 4.2 million people marched today. Largest protests in US history https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xa0iLqYKz8x9Yc_rfhtmSOJQ2EGgeUVjvV4A8LsIaxY/htmlview?sle=true#gid=0 … ” The number of participants is very difficult to estimate but it is clear that the turnout was outstanding.
This map is great and I’ll admit I was planned to make one myself before finding this one ready-made. My version was going to use pink circles to match the pink hats that many of the marchers wore to represent women’s vaginas (yupp, that’s a thing now, you can find the patterns online if you want to knit one of your own). The circles on the map are sized based on protest crowd estimates. I saw a wide range in estimates between 45,000 and 100,000 for our local march at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota. My mother-in-law went with some friends as did many of my Facebook friends. I also saw friends attending the protests in D.C, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and Nashville. The Los Angeles protest appears to have had the largest participation at 750,000. The main march in D.C drew 500,000 or so. The international support was impressive as well with 100,000+ marching in London and cities around the world. I’m very proud of all the women and men that marched for this incredibly important cause and I hope the new administration and Congress take notice.
Map 186 comes from a blog post I happened upon when researching the connection between Russian Oligarchs and Trump Businesses (you know, for reasons). This post provided many interesting map visuals regarding Russia and the Soviet Union. This one in particular shows Russia and neighboring countries that were part of the Soviet Union between 1922 and 1991. The reason I show this map to you, beyond general interest in maps, is that there is a very real chance that Russia attempts to expand their territory to historic levels in the coming decade. Vladimir Putin has already sent ground forces into Georgia (2008) and Ukraine (2014-Present). He has shown that he is not afraid of breaking international laws or provoking fights with his smaller, weaker neighbors.
Lithuania is nervous and wants a border fence. The threat of invasion has Estonia spooked as well. Latvia, Moldova, and Kazakhstan have all had invasion scares in the past three years that caused internal strife but didn’t materialize. Vladimir Putin and his authoritarian government have pushed buttons, broken treaties, crossed international borders, and meddled with elections in Europe and the United States. He is not a nice guy. John McCain called him a war criminal on ABC this morning, for goodness sake! The Russian Federation is a dangerous enemy of the United States and we should be doing everything we can to prevent their many efforts to increase their power (as opposed to sucking up to Putin and bending our legislation to meet his needs).
It has been an eventful couple of days of the Trump administration already (super-shudder) and I wish everyone the best in the resistance. Stay strong and be safe!
Bonus Map Link: Another Women’s March Map