"Unite Against the War on Women" Rally Draws Crowd
Cheers roared as speakers passionately spoke about frustrations
ANCHORAGE – Local residents rallied at Town Square to “Unite Against the War on Women.” Cheers roared as speakers passionately spoke about frustrations with the Republican Party, the birth control debate, job equality, violence against women and much more. One supporter estimated the number of attendees at more than 200.
The march was an old fashioned approach to a very hot topic. "Someone on the march said it was like the old days and it is like the old days," said Libby Roderick, a singer. "It would be 30 years ago that I sang in public for the first time." Her first appearence was just one block over from Town Square.
"Stop the Republican war on women and families," was a picketing sign that stood prominently above the heads of a growing crowd.
The event, which started with a march from the Denali Park Strip and ended at Town Square, featured speakers who got the crowd cheering and yelling about Alaska’s frightening rate of crimes against women.
According to a Forbes national report, Anchorage is the third most dangerous city for women.
A man in a light blue t-shirt held a sign that said "MAN UP! SUPPORT WOMENS RIGHTS." "Justice for women" was written in bright blue and blood red print. These men were not alone; young boys held signs for their mothers and some cheered with the crowd, as the men present recieved praise from speakers.
But Alaskans weren’t the only ones taking part.
Every state in the nation had marches April 28, held by the Unite Against the War on Women organization. The organization's main focus is to defend the rights of women and pursue equality, according to UniteWomen.org.
According to Roderick, Saturday's march was in the tradition of the peace march. "There were people before us and we won't be the last."