CF100: 2017 01 22 – Rallies & Marches & What Lies Ahead

Each week, the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online,  usually late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.

What was the biggest story of the week?

Women and their allies across Central Florida spent the week preparing for events the day after the inauguration: The Women’s Rally – Central Florida and the Women’s March on Washington. At least four buses from Orlando are headed to DC along with many independent travelers. Whatever the events bring, the community building of the last two weeks is remarkable. In addition to a great deal of connecting on-line, there were poster making parties and trainings on how to de-escalate difficult situations. And of course, there was the knitting and crocheting of the now famous pink and yellow pussy hats

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

After the election, many said “Give him a chance.” Some felt what we already knew was sufficient cause for concern. Some tried to stay open to a positive turn from Mr. Trump. However, after watching his continued divisive tweets, along with his cabinet nominees, many had seen enough. The result was historically low approval ratings before the inauguration. Now, there is no more “Wait and see.” From here on out, Mr. Trump must be held accountable for his actions and their real world impact. Many in Central Florida are ready to be part of the resistance that lies ahead.


The series focuses on state and local news.

Read the Sentinel’s introduction to the series

Read my first post on the series.

My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.

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