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Isla Nava, 5, of Cambridge works on her sign at the Women’s March on Boston.
Isla Nava, 5, of Cambridge works on her sign at the Women’s March on Boston. Matthew Lee/The Boston Globe/Globe Staff

I went to the Boston march on Saturday planning to write an opinion piece. But as I watched the signs go by, I realized that tens of thousands of people had already gotten together and written it. Here’s what they had to say:

Women’s rights are human rights • Science is not a liberal hoax. Go back to school, Donald • Keep Planned Parenthood funded • Trump has more temper tantrums than my 3-year-old sister. • Decency must prevail • Respect existence or expect resistance • Stop truth decay • We are watching. • Justice is what love looks like in public. — Cornel West • Black lives matter • I march so my daughter won’t have to • Show up. Dive in. Stay at it. — Barack Obama • Stand up for science • Ignoring climate will flood the swamp • Protect the ACA • Payback’s a bitch. And she votes • I will not go quietly back to the 1950s • “I do solemnly swear that I will preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States” — future lawyer (sign carried by a young girl) • I can’t believe we still have to protest this crap • OMG. GOP. WTF • If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention • America, if you’re not terrified you’re not paying attention • Facts matter • Hey Trump, my mama don’t like you and she likes everyone • Not usually a sign guy, but geez • Thou shalt not grab pussy. Fallopians 4:28 • Marching for my daughter • I prefer my dystopias in YA novels • We outnumber you • Rights are not up for grabs • This is what democracy looks like • Show us your taxes • Kongratulations Trump Pence (in Cyrillic characters) • Will 3 sane Republican senators please stand up? • Syrian immigrants created me, raised me, loved me • The Constitution is more than 140 characters • Ugh • If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity. - Albert Einstein • We are the majority and we are not going away • Nope • Brown, queer, proud, and here to stay. • This is my first protest, but not my last. (sign carried by a little girl) • Hang in there, justice. (picture of Ruth Bader Ginsburg) • I served. Combat veteran. Nasty women unite! • Protect the press • Healthcare is a human right • We have no Planet B • History has its eyes on you • This is what democracy looks like • Deliver us from ego • Real men don’t talk like that • This is not a medical device. (picture of a coat hanger) • Girls just wanna have funding for Planned Parenthood • One of 22 million who will lose healthcare • Respeta mi existencia o espera resistencia • We stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters • #Why I march: Nobody asks what my rapist was wearing • Women’s rights are human rights • This pussy grabs back • My body, my choice • Liar, liar, world on fire • When everything else fails, read the instructions: “We the People . . .” • My mother didn’t raise a doormat • Women’s rights are not up for grabs • Mourning in America • Don’t mourn — organize • Thank a school librarian if you can tell fact from fiction • We didn’t come this far to only come this far • We will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends. - Martin Luther King • Patriotism demands dissent • Trump is a symptom • Science facts ≥ your opinion • We deserve better • How can America be great if it’s underwater? • Lobstah rolls, not gender roles • Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored • Girls just wanna have fundamental human rights • Donald, you ain’t seen nasty yet • The problem with political jokes is that they get elected • I’m too worried to be funny • I’m here so I can set a better example for my son than the president • Media: Be courageous or be complicit • Prevent unintentional presidencies • A woman’s place is in the resistance • Queer Muslim 4 peace • Missing: moral compass • Our daughters need a planet to have rights on • DO NOT NORMALIZE HIM • I am not a sore loser. I am a concerned voter • A racist president is not my president • Power concedes nothing without a demand. - Frederick Douglass • Trump keep your hands off my patients • I’m marching for my patients who could lose their healthcare • Build a wall around Trump. I’ll pay for it • Love and resist • Woman. Jewish. Disabled • The power of people is stronger than the people in power • Most days I fight with my mom. Today I fight with her • I wish my uterus shot bullets so the government wouldn’t regulate it • We are all immigrants • The glass ceiling won’t shatter itself • I’m no longer accepting the things I can’t change. I’m changing the things I can’t accept • Fight like a girl • America is great when we put those who are most vulnerable first (sign held by a woman walking with a child in a wheelchair) • History has its eyes on you • This is what democracy looks like • This is what democracy looks like • This is what democracy looks like.

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Joan Wickersham’s column appears regularly in the Globe.