Women’s March 2018, took place on January 20, just a day shy of the one year anniversary of the first Women’s March in 2017. It was also exactly one year after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Women and men of all ages, ethnicities, disabilities, and backgrounds gathered around the world to unite in one voice, to stand up for the rights of human-kind. ‘No voice shall be oppressed’ was the underlying tone, each march around the world boasted titles like “Power to the Polls”, “Still We Rise”, and “Look Back. March Forward”.
In Prescott, Arizona, the local march took place under gray, rainy conditions but that did not dampen the turnout of around 1400 residents who were eager to send the message of empowerment around the globe. The Women’s March mission is “to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change,” with the goal to “[dismantle] systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect” (womensmarch.com). While this message still rings true it was interesting to note how many people came out to march with a desire to see changes or with a purpose of marching for an individual or group of individuals.
Local residents Sue P. and Sherri are concerned about the world their daughters, granddaughters and, in Sue P.’s case, great-granddaughter will have to live in. Sherri said “I have a granddaughter and I don’t want her to grow up in the same kind of world that I did.” She went on to talk about her generation seeing things but did nothing to change them and wants to see a different world for her granddaughter. Sue P. added in her concerns toward immigration saying “I’m a first generation immigrant, my parents were immigrants and I know they came here and worked hard.”
Men at the event also had support and messages to send at today’s Women’s March. Keith M. proudly declared “I’m here for my wife…she was one of the people to shout out ‘me too!” Tracy B. said, “I’m here for women of all kind and I think men have to be allies to women. One of the ways we can do that is to raise our voices here in public.”
The overall message of unity and support range loud as people marched together as one around the courthouse square, holding signs, taking pictures, and encouraging one another as they walked. When the marching was complete, demonstrators gathered together at the base of the courthouse steps for a jam session to drums and music with the message that we are one, we are proud, and we are strong!