PHOTO: The mile-long march led participants to the steps of the State Capitol.
By Katrina Haws,
Crowds gathered in Sacramento’s Southside Park for the Sacramento Women’s March. Prior to marching to the State Capitol, cheering participants were met with a wide array of vibrant performances and passionate speakers.
Women’s March Sacramento organized the Saturday morning movement. The association’s mission is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.
“Women’s March Sacramento is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through non-violent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self determination, dignity and respect,” said Kolieka Seigle, the president of the California National Organization for Women.
Numerous Davis High students attended the march, including junior Emma Carney.
“I think public demonstration is a really important part of democracy and a good way to exercise your civil liberties,” Carney said.
The junior has frequented these events in the past and marched in the first Sacramento Women’s March in 2017 in response to the 2016 presidential election.
“It’s really empowering to be surrounded with people who are also fighting for the same things. To see that you’re not alone and that a lot of people care about these issues,” Carney said.
Along with Carney, senior Gabriela Acosta was also eager to return to the march for her third time since the coining of the event.
“I really love seeing everyone’s signs and seeing generations of women and I think that is probably the most empowering thing that we’re all coming together over one common cause,” Acosta said.
Speakers emphasized the importance of continued action on the issues being stressed at the march including reproductive rights, immigration and climate change. In her final speech, Seigle challenged the audience.
“Marching is not enough […] marching must be backed up with progressive action. So let me be clear if you leave here today and we don’t see you until next year, you betray us.”