100,000 Common Nails and 50,000 Marchers

image of david partridge's metropolis mural at toronto city hallThis post is very late, coming on a Monday instead of last Friday. But I wanted to put it up today.

We are living in difficult, agitated times. The things going on in the world are overwhelming for many and motivating for others. It’s hard to know what to do.

I went to the Toronto Women’s March last weekend to voice my opposition to the forces of oppression, suppression and dictatorial control.

close up image of david partridge's metropolis mural at toronto city hallAfter the march a friend took us into Toronto City Hall where I saw, for the first time, David Partridge‘s Metropolis sculpture.

close up image of david partridge's metropolis mural at toronto city hallThis complex work shows 100,000 nails, abstractly constructed to represent a city.

close up image of david partridge's metropolis mural at toronto city hall100,000 nails, each one of them different, put together to create a unified whole.

Out in the street, some 50,000 (super-rough count) people, each of them different, came together to create a unified whole, marching against injustice.

It resonated with me.

For those who are interested, there is a vigil in Peterborough tonight (Jan 30, 2017) for the victims of the Quebec City Mosque – from 5-6pm at the corner of George St. N & McDonnel by the grass labyrinth outside the United Church. (For other cities, check out this Facebook Post)

For those of you who have never marched before but were there last Saturday, I welcome you to the world of activism. It’s complicated. It’s messy. There are as many perspectives as there are people. Thank-you for wading in. We need you now, more than ever.

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