|Nathan McMurray at Buffalo's City Hall|
The situation in the United States, said Nathan McMurray, a candidate for Congress in New York's 27th district and supervisor of the Town of Grand Island, is like "being trapped in a bad reality TV show."
|Photographing Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown|
|Shannon Smith of WIVB-TV, a|
CBS affiliate in Buffalo, conducts
How could we escape the reality TV show, in which it feels as if we are constantly being voted off of the island via Twitter? How could we escape a bad reality TV show that causes us to fight with one another, instead of with the people who created the show and who are forcing us to live it, day after day? There were any ways suggested. We were encouraged to take various actions, including registering to vote. We were told that our vote empowers us. The march itself allowed the thousands present other ways to express their viewpoints, including singing and carrying colorful signs and dressing in a variety of costumes.
|A choir director leads a selection|
With a police escort, we were able to march in the streets of downtown Buffalo. We had started at the steps of City Hall.
|One of the more unusual images|
at the march.
We continued to march and, before long, we were back at City Hall, where speakers were invited to share their viewpoints with us.
|Buffalo's City Hall|
His observation was accurate. Many women did participate in the march. They were outside, wearing costumes and carrying signs that said that their voices were worthy of being heard.
While speaking, Nate asked for an American flag. He said that we need to have more flags at rallies and marches. When we carry our flag, we are telling everyone that "this is our country."
Our flag represents our country. It represents everyone, Nate said. Carrying it is a reminder that we have a place in our country and that we deserve to be heard.
|Former County Legislator Betty Jean Grant of Buffalo speaks to the crowd following the march.|