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    womxn are FED UP.

    by Sarah Carpenter

    A woman leans against a shop window as she watches the crowds march down 14th street for the 2018 Oakland Women’s March. (Photo by Saskia Hatvany)

    One year ago, the United States inaugurated President Trump into office, spurring possibly the largest protest in American history. Across the nation and beyond, the Women’s March on Washington filled public streets with pink ‘pussy’ hats and anti-Trump signs. One year later, the national organizers of the Women’s March planned a rally in Las Vegas aimed at propagating action.

    The rally at Sam Boyd stadium on January 21 was called “Power to the Polls,” reflecting their efforts to register one million new voters in ten states. Various cities across the nation celebrated the Women’s March anniversary by marching again, giving speeches, and expounding on the scope of the women’s movement. Multiple speakers at “Power to the Polls” stressed the importance that the women’s movement include issues that face womxn of all backgrounds.

    Poet and Activist Porsche Kelly recites a poem at the Oakland Women’s March on Jan. 21. Kelly was one of thousands who attended marches across the United States to show disdain for the Trump administration. (Photo by Toni Cervantes)

    “Womxn” is a term that encompasses all people who identify as female, regardless of their gender assigned at birth. “The women’s march is really inclusive, it’s not just about empowering women, although that’s the leading message, it’s about empowering all types of people,” said Craig, at the march with his two-year-old son and wife, Victoria.

    In Oakland, about 50,000 people gathered to demand change. “We are saying no to sexual assault and sexual harassment. We are saying no to being paid less for the same work,” CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California Surina Khan said at the rally. “We will organize, we will run for office and we will advocate for policies that advance justice.”

    The Women’s March is a call to action, with sights set on electing representatives who listen to womxn and care about their rights.

    CORRECTION : In our February 1 print issue, on pages 4–5, the captions to most of our photos date the Women’s March in Oakland and San Francisco as having happened on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. They occured on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. The anniversary of the first march, and the nationwide rally held in Las Vegas this year took place on Jan. 21, 2018, as is correctly stated within the story on that spread.

    Sarah Carpenter is co-editor in chief at The Laney Tower.

    Women’s March 2018 Photo Gallery :

    (Photos by Toni Cervantes)
    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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