Thousands participate in Women’s March on Alaska
While thousands of men and women attended the Women’s March on Washington, thousands more took to the streets in sister marches across Alaska.
With a new president in the White House, many have wondered what new laws will be enacted and what laws would be repealed, such as the Affordable Care Act. The marches were a way to speak up about rights people throughout the U.S. want to keep.
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared,” organizers wrote on the D.C. march’s website.
Local organizers estimate more than 3,000 Alaskans marched in Anchorage Saturday. Armed with pink “pussy hats” and signs with statements for the new president, the marchers chanted “We are united, not divided!” and “We can do it!” as they walked through several inches of fresh snow around Delaney Park Strip.
“As we know, during the most recent election, a lot of our rights came into question,” Katie Ward, the Anchorage regional field organizer with Planned Parenthood, told the crowd gather downtown. “This is not about one man, this about our voices being heard.”