On January 21, 2017 a movement with support around the world burst into the spotlight. The Women’s March on Kansas took place in a few different cities around the state and was complemented by hundreds of rallies around the globe.
At the Capitol in Topeka somewhere around 4,000 people gathered to hear speakers and express their own views to each other. The crowd was colorful with very creative signs and sense of purpose galvanized by the rhetorical skills of the many brilliant speakers who took to the microphone that sunny day. Live music by The Skirts added another texture to the rally and the event culminated in a march around the perimeter of the statehouse grounds.
This quote is pulled from the Women’s March on Kansas facebook from January 24 and we think it does the movement justice.
“This was on my friends post. It really sums up my feelings about the Women’s March.
To those whom are confused or surprised about why millions of people showed up to protest Saturday…
“Women are marching because our children deserve a secretary of education that cares about education.”
“Women are marching because our family and friends deserve healthcare. Did you know that before the ACA (affordable care act also called Obamacare), newborns in the NICU would hit their lifetime caps on health insurance coverage? That’s right, babies who had never felt the sun on their skin could no longer get health insurance.”
“Women are marching because domestic violence crisis centers and after school programs deserve funding.”
“Women are marching because we deserve clean air, clean water, and national parks.”
“Women are marching because we believe the children protected by the DREAM act deserve to be here and they deserve to live with their parents, not in orphanages and foster homes.”
“Women are marching for the rights of the LGBT community. (Yes, it’s true that a person that is gay or transgender can be fired from their jobs or refused housing JUST because they are LGBT.) Women are fighting to keep marriage equality for ALL.”
“Women are marching for the Muslim community that deserve to be in this country. Muslim does not equal terrorist.”
“Women are marching for the immigrants that live here and shouldn’t be separated from their families.”
“Women are marching for the black community that is arrested and incarcerated far more than the white community, even though they only make up 13% of the population.”
“Women are marching to say that WE control our bodies and have the right to quality healthcare.”
“And most of all, women are marching because we have the right to.”
The right to protest and speak out against our government is the first amendment. That’s right, #1! It is one of our most fundamental American rights.”
Saying that we’re whining, throwing temper tantrums, or that we’re immature, or that we need to get over it will not stop us. It will not stop us from fighting for you. And we are fighting for you because you deserve these rights too.
We’re not marching because Trump won.
We’re marching because he wants to take all of the things that we hold dear away. All of the things that we’ve been fighting for for generations.
And we’re not giving up easily.
Anyone who thinks we’re marching because we lost just simply isn’t listening. We’re fighting because we refuse to lose more.
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