The Marching has only just Begun

By Erin Neil, Co-Editor in Chief

After a cold and rainy Inauguration Day, the skies shone a light on all the people who participated in the Women’s March. Subways were packed, pink hats were everywhere, and women and men filled the streets of Los Angeles to demonstrate in unity for human rights everywhere.

At 10:00am on Saturday morning 750,000 people began a march down Hill Street in Downtown Los Angeles to stand in solidarity with the hundreds of other marches happening all over the world. The Women’s March has made history as the largest inauguration-related protest ever to occur in the United States.

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Lily Walker (third from left) poses with friends at the Women’s March in DTLA. (Photo by Olivia Lungin and caption by Erin Neil.)

Every participant had a distinct reason why they were marching and Lily Walker ‘17 said, “I marched because I often feel that women’s rights are overlooked and thought of as ‘less-than’ and I wanted to be a part of the movement that is trying to stop that from happening.”

The Women’s March in Los Angeles was created in response to the Women’s March on Washington to provide an outlet of expression to those who could not travel across the country. On the March’s website it’s mission statement reads, “This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.”

Like many protests and demonstrations before it, this march will be something that many participants will tell their children and grandchildren about in years to come. Notre Dame Senior, Rebecca Northup, said, “If I were telling my children about the march, I would tell them it was full of passionate and powerful young people who understand what equality really means.”

Additionally, Paige Shannon ‘17 said of the March, “For me, it meant being a part of something much bigger than myself. It meant coming together in unity with people who share the same beliefs as me, and want to fight for their basic human rights.”

The Los Angeles March alone drew a crowd of over three-quarters of a million people with the global total estimated at about 2.5 million marchers. While the event illustrated just how many people are ready and willing to fight for their rights in the coming years, many are curious about how they can continue this dialogue in the future.

The official Women’s March on Washington website has begun a campaign entitled “10 Actions in the First 100 Days.” It is a way to continue the March for the next few months in ways that are accessible and affordable to the masses. Especially for high schoolers, it is often hard to find ways to be active in our communities when we are not even old enough to vote.

Since the March, many cities around the country have mobilized to protest Trump’s fifteen executive orders especially the Muslim travel ban. On Friday, January 27th President Trump signed this order and almost immediately after it began circulating in the news, protests were popping up at airports around the country. The Women’s March may be over, but the energy it inspired has certainly not faded, at least not yet.

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