Post Road Protest: 2017-Style

In the 1960s and ’70s, it was the Vietnam War.

Then it was nuclear disarmament. Later, Iraq and Afghanistan.

These days, it’s Trump’s immigration policy.

This morning, protesters were out in force on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge.

You know — the one named for the Westport woman who spent her life working with the UN, trying to bring the world closer together.

(Photo/Sarah Green)

(Photo/Sarah Green)


46 responses to “Post Road Protest: 2017-Style

  1. William Spencer

    Lively looking bunch. Luckily you have a panoramic lens to fit all 9 of them in the frame.

    • Yeah, too bad it wasn’t as big a crowd as there was for the inauguration. That was a record.

      • Quite seriously, I am happy to post any pro-ban rally photos. The same way I asked for photos of Westporters who went to DC for the inauguration. Only one person responded. This is my blog, but it IS open to all points of view. Keep the comments coming!

  2. Tracy Margolin

    Awesome. Proud of my town and the people out there today doing what’s right!

  3. Good for all of you who went out there on this gloomy day to protest the insane executive order of our fascist president! Many, many more protests to come so everyone should get used to it.

  4. Big things often have small beginnings. From a tiny acorn grows a mighty big oak tree.

  5. Out in force? Not quite. And not worthy of a comparison to the Vietnam protests that you participated in back in 1969. Your article on the issue:

    Check the photo of the Staples HS kids in front of the old YMCA in 1969. Quite a different movement!

    Keep it real, Dan!

  6. Congratulations to all those who are speaking up for what’s right! Go Westport!

  7. thanks to all who expressed their dismay re Orange Adolf and his fascism.
    seems like there are a few fascistas already resident in Westport…

    • William Spencer

      That’s productive Buell. Only problem is that Trump didn’t kill 12 million Jews. Oh well.

      • Sharon Paulsen

        Well, in all fairness, William, the #notmyprez has only just begun.

        Patience, my dear.

        After all, Hitler didn’t kill millions of Jews, Polish, mixed races, and whomever he chose to … overnight.

        Oh well.

  8. Don L. Bergmann

    I initiated this effort. Through two others I contacted our local UN group and another group and said “I would be at the Bridge at 10:30, show up if you are interested and bring your own sign”. Totally low key and zero publicity. I will be there again next Sat. at 1030. All are welcome. Our little group had a lovely time and we did generte much “honking” support..
    Don Bergmann

  9. Michelle Stearns

    Resistance sometimes starts small. Thank you for taking a stand against hate, discrimination and our new fascist president.

  10. Thank you for standing out in the cold for what is right. Many small voices build into strong and meaningful change, over time.

  11. Lynne Goldstein

    Very grateful for all of you out there this morning! So many of us stand with you.!!!

  12. Marjorie Almansi

    Proud to be a member of this community as I pass the bridge and see so many great faces out there. I will surely join you all in weeks to come. No need to bash a positive movement. If you go low — we will surely go high.

  13. Hey Dan – Habitues of your blog (despite what it says on their Che t shirts and cardboard signs) are not at all tolerant of any point of view or opinion that differs from their own, so the the opinion of this young man is sure to set off a maelstrom of wailing and name calling….kinda like poking a stick into a fire ant mound. However, since i wholeheartedly subscribe to this young Marine’s point of view (PARTICULARLY HIS PS) i am compelled to share it with you.

    A very interesting read, a Marine’s View of what is really going on. This young man is articulate and has a flare for colorful language, and descriptive prose, Scorpions, Chiggers & Sand Fleas. It’s a great letter for every American citizen to read.

    Let the name calling, hand wringing, gnashing of teeth begin!

    From a Recon Marine in Afghanistan:
    From the Sand Pit

    It’s freezing here. I’m sitting on hard cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains, along the Dar’yoi Pamir River, watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. A “stake out,” my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.

    I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I’ve actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but the scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod. Hurts like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid, but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack. The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that’s where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy.
    I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the hand held, and shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware. We bash some heads for a while, and then I track and record the new movement. It’s all about intelligence. We haven’t even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they’re in for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin. But you know me; I’m a romantic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This country blows, man. It’s not even a country. There are no roads, there’s no infrastructure, there’s no government.
    This is an inhospitable, rock-pit shit-hole ruled by eleventh century warring tribes. There are no jobs here like we know jobs. Afghanistan offers only two ways for a man to support his family, join the opium trade or join the army. That’s it. Those are your options. Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened, crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu, if that’s your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those ‘tent cities of the walking dead’ is enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day.

    I’ve been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks, and Turkmen and even a couple of Pashtu’s, for over a month-and-a-half now, and this much I can say for sure: These guys, are Huns, actual, living Huns. They LIVE to fight. It’s what they do. It’s ALL they do. They have no respect for anything; not for themselves, their families, or for each other. They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor. Just Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other’s barbarism. Cavemen with AK-47’s. Then again, maybe I’m just a cranky young bastard.
    I’m freezing my ass off on this stupid hill because my lap warmer is running out of juice, and I can’t recharge it until the sun comes up in a few hours. Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me a favor, Bizarre. Write a letter to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban “smart”. They are not smart. I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is “cunning.” The Taliban are cunning, like jackals, hyenas, and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless, and when confronted, they are cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create nothing and destroy everything else.

    Smart? Bullshit! Yeah, they’re real smart, Most can’t read, but they’ve spent their entire lives listening to Imams telling them about only one book (and not a very good one, as books go). They consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products of the devil. They’re still trying to figure out how to work a Bic lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen. Eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it.
    OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon, so I have to get back to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice, but I’m good at it.

    Please, I tell you and my fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move on with your lives. The story line you are getting from CNN and other news agencies is utter bullshit and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen so you will watch the next commercial. We’ve got this one under control. The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we’re doing over here. You have no idea what we’re doing, and you really don’t want to know. We are your military, and we are only doing what you sent us here to do.
    From a Jack Recon Marine in Afghanistan, Semper Fi.

    “Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps is paying most of your share”.

    PS: Why would any civilized country want to bring these barbarians into their cities or states? To do so is total suicidal insanity!

    • Um Bruce, you’re in therapy, right?????

    • This letter has been circulating around in various forms since 2001. It is not real.

      Even without knowing it was long ago discredited and debunked, I could tell it was fake the first time I read it, as any real Marine would.

      Americans don’t collectively send troops to war; politicians do — and not always for justifiable reasons. Contrary to what the fake Marine wrote, every American should, indeed, “analyze” what our troops are doing and why. It’s patriotic to question government and try to ensure that Americans aren’t being killed, maimed and physically and psychologically wounded for reasons that can not be justified.

      And no, the Taliban are not stupid. They are smart. In fact, we trained them and armed them back during the Reagan years. Real Marines never underestimate the enemy.

      Only a small percent of Muslims belong to terrorist organizations like the Taliban or ISIS. Most help us in the fight against them. We already have a strong and effective vetting process and we are not letting Taliban into our country, as the fake Marine insinuates.

      I served overseas in a Marine Corps Force Recon unit. I am thankful for the many Muslims who helped, and continue to help the United States fight terrorism throughout the Middle East and the world. Thousands have risked and given their lives to help us, and many were, and are, U.S. Citizens who served, and are serving, our nation. Some are buried in Arlington National Cemetary.

      I served to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and American values, such as freedom of religion and freedom and equality for all. Trump’s travel ban violates these principles, would harm good people, would strengthen terrorist organizations and would do nothing to stop terrorists from entering our country.

      Kudos to the protesters — may their numbers grow across the nation. If I still lived in Westport I would be proud to join them.

  14. Stephanie Miller

    Grass roots democracy at its finest.

  15. Funny, the previous anti-war protest in that spot ceased years ago (around the time Obama took office) although our involvement in wars certainly didn’t. Seems this protest is similarly party-aligned, because the same features of immigration policy (including the suspension of immigration from the same countries targeted in the mist recent effort from Trump) were carried out during the Obama administration.

    • Shannon Nordlinger

      That’s actually not correct. Estelle Margolis was on the bridge on Saturday mornings protesting and advocating bringing our soldiers home well in to Obama’s administration.
      Also- Trump and Obama’s immigration policies are not comparable. Trump banned immigration from 7 countries, regardless of green card or visa status. Obama restricted refugees from one country (Iraq) for six months in response to a direct and specific threat in Bowling Green, KY (not the massacre that Conway would have us believe). This isn’t all about party- it’s about dealing in facts and law and holding people accountable to real facts and upholding the Constitution.

      • She was on the bridge for about 1 year into the Obama administration. And your effort to distinguish Obama’s suspension (same countries) from Trump’s based on there being a credible threat supporting Obama’s action, but no credible threat currently, is simply not reading the news – following Judge Robart’s activist decision perhaps.

        But, back to the protest now, but not then – this group didn’t protest Obama’s similar action because they understood there was a credible threat at that time, so they didn’t take issue with the suspension of immigration from these countries ?

        • Again, Obama’s actions were not the same. Again, he temporally suspended travel from one country in response to a known threat to strengthen the vetting from that one nation. Again, he first ran it by NSA, the Justice Department and TSA. Again, there is no legitimate reason for Trump’s action. Again, we already have a very strict, ridged, effective, successful “extreme” vetting process that takes up to two years. There is a huge difference between President Obama’s actions and President Trump’s actions.

          From my knowledge and experience, I believe Trump’s actions and proposals will do more harm than good.

          I wish he would listen to and take more advice from General Mattis.

      • You are absolutely correct!

    • President Obama temporarily suspended refugees from one country in response to a known threat while venting processes were reviewed and strengthened, and he did it after conferring with the Justice Department and the Transportation Security Administration. We already have a strong, effective, “extreme” vetting process in place. President Trump has shown no legitimate justification for his travel ban. From my experience, I believe it will cause more harm than good.

      But regardless, many of us same people who protest wars now have protested wars and conflicts under many administrations, including President Obama’s. Unfortunately, supporting the industrialized war machine and sending people off to unjustified wars in not a partisan issue. As part of Veteran’s For Peace, and a member of Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, the Marine Corps League and the Force Recon Association I have worked with Republicans, Democrats and Independents in protesting war, conflicts and U.S. foreign and military policies.

  16. Estelle Margolis


    When I am able to get back on the Bridge my sign will read “IMPEACH TRUMP”


  17. Estelle, I will carry your sign!

  18. Luciano Morelli

    Since 9-11-2011, 75 terrorists from those Countries on which Trump has temporarily put a visitation ban were arrested in the USA. Someone please tell me what is wrong with a temporary ban to review the vetting process? The way it was implemented was ridiculous – green card holders should be excluded, etc. I would wholeheartedly oppose a permanent ban but I don’t see what is wrong here.

    Obama was at war every day of his two terms but nobody goes nuts about that. Please, no name calling here, I just want to know why you are against a temporary ban (especially if it excludes green card holders).

    We seem to be shouting at each other lately if our views differ, and that can’t be good in the long term. There are enough people on this blog that claim to be tolerant but don’t act like it.

  19. Did George Soros fund this big march in Westport

  20. Luciano Morelli


    Your sarcasm meter needs adjusting.

    • The sarcasm was not lost on me; my response was meant to also be sarcastic. Perhaps our sarcasm meters are not in sync. I’ll fine-tune mine if you’ll adjust yours.

  21. Some of you seem to adamantly agree with the ban. If you feel so strongly that fully vetted refugees and long time green card holders should be ousted from the US without judicial authority then OWN IT! Next Saturday, stand on the other side of the bridge with YOUR signs. My guess is no one will be there. You’re all too ashamed, and rightfully so.

  22. Don L. Bergmann

    I have found that interactive efforts for dialogue on blogs often result in factual disagreements or other shortcomings. I suggest people read the Executive Order and then the decisions of the Ninth Circuit District Court Judge and the Ninth Circuit Three Judge panel. Our constitution and laws are very important, as is judicial process.
    Don Bergmann