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2018 Women’s March looks to bring resistance to downtown Lawrence sidewalks

Protestors stand at the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Protestors stand at the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

January 17, 2018


Jolene Andersen is looking to re-create a life-changing experience Saturday with the 2018 Women’s March in Lawrence.

Andersen was one of millions of people who participated in the Women’s March on Washington (and around the globe) the day after President Trump's inauguration last year. The march, which advocated for rights for women and minorities, as well as immigration reform and other issues, made the pink stocking hat a symbol of resistance to Trump's administration. It was by many estimates the largest single-day protest in American history.

“It absolutely changed my life,” Andersen said. “I’m 71. To go to something like that when you are that old and have your life changed is absolutely remarkable. It was about solidarity and the power of women. I believe the human race is evolving, and we are moving to a whole new level, and women are leading the way.”

Andersen said she was eager to experience the energy of that day again this year and had been considering attending a march in either Chicago or St. Louis because there was no march planned for Kansas City. Plans for a trip ended when Andersen and her friend Christine Smith learned there was to be a march in Pittsburg.

“We said, ‘If Pittsburg, Kansas, can have a march, we can have one in Lawrence,'” she said. 
“And that’s how it got started.”

The march Andersen and Smith organized will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It will start at the gazebo in South Park with speeches from City Commissioner Lisa Larsen; Brooklynne Mosley, a Kansas Democratic Party organizer; Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Kansas poet laureate from 2009 to 2013; Julia Good Fox, author and dean of Natural and Social Sciences at Haskell Indian Nations University; and the Rev. Sherrie Taylor-Jones, Unity Church of Lawrence. Cindy Novolo, Unity Church choir director, will be at the park to teach marchers songs.

The six-block march will be on Massachusetts Street from South Park to Lawrence City Hall. Marchers will walk on the east sidewalk to City Hall and the west sidewalk back to the park, Andersen said.

The march has garnered considerable interest. As of Wednesday, about 1,000 people had indicated on the Women’s March 2018 Facebook page that they would attend.

“We agreed if we had 20 people, it would be worth it,” Andersen said. “We thought maybe we’d have 100. To have 1,000 is exciting and very gratifying. It’s not only Lawrence. We have people coming from Kansas City and Salina. I think that’s important. Lawrence has powerful women everywhere. In some places in Kansas, women can feel isolated. We have to show them support to be empowered.”

Andersen said Trump’s words in the past year have driven interest in standing against his policies.

“When the president is making those horrible, racist statements, we have to take back our power. Of course, the pink hat symbolizes the resistance to the Grabber in Chief,” she said, referring to an infamous video in which Trump bragged about grabbing women by their genitals without their consent.


Scott Kaiser 5 months, 1 week ago

Pink hats, huh? Are we talking about the same ones that Madonna wears? And the one that the judge wore on the bench? It's sad that the libs would rather cry and whine for their own attention than to celebrate the gains in the first year that President Trump has made in the economy and security of America after the loser Obama is FINALLY gone. But, you Libs keep on crying out for attention. Perhaps someone will give you a binky and you will shut up.

Ken Lassman 5 months, 1 week ago

Blame the Donald's silver spoon behavior for the hats, Scott--his despicable behavior toward women and craving for being the center of attention is the issue that triggered that response. And the One Party tax solution passed with no hearings and probably nobody who voted for it actually reading the whole thing that ensures a more divided country is no favor either in the long run. The United States has a history of doing much, much better than this, and the new norm that Trump has displayed so far both behaviorally and legislatively is an insult to that tradition.

Marc Wilborn 5 months, 1 week ago

Ken, the current administration's approach to governing is just an extension of what has been going on since Bill Clinton's time in the presidency. Special interests have taken over the government and the bipartisan elite who occupy both sides of the aisle are just there for the cash and leverage. Hopefully, after Trump we will see better candidates appear for the office versus Trump or the Clintons.

Ken Lassman 5 months, 1 week ago

Clinton's and Obama's partisanship looks bush league compared to what has developed in the Republican leadership and Trump Administration. The open hostility toward being "tainted" by working with the opposition has reached a level that reminds me of the Kansas Tea Party/Brownback coalition who would rather die than talk to a Democrat.

My criteria for being a politician worthy of the office is to a large degree measured by your willingness to create meaningful and effective legislation with your opposition. Any other path leads to more divisiveness and conflict and the American people are way past getting tired of this. You're either part of the solution or you are part of the problem.

Marc Wilborn 5 months, 1 week ago

The story is not complete on what happened at the FBI and the Clintons yet so I would reserve judgement on that era. The so-called bipartisan proposal for immigration was a laugh and did not meet any of the criteria for solving the real problems regardless of what was said within the closed door meeting.

Ken Lassman 5 months ago

Don't forget how the Republicans in the House of Representatives in 2013 shot down a bipartisan immigration reform bill that had already passed the Senate. The subsequent "outrage" of the Republicans about the "executive overreach" that Obama exercised when he created DACA is based on their short memory about how DACA was a response to the legislative block by the House of Representatives of a carefully crafted immigration reform package that was built on many hearings, the concerns of many, many people who were at the table who helped craft the legislation on both sides of the aisle, etc.

So don't tell me that the immigration reform package brought before Trump was a laugh. This whole immigration reform mess is one that the Republicans created from the start because they blew up the bipartisan efforts of 2013. If the legislators were smart, they'd reintroduce the 2013 bill and present THAT to Trump since if it had been passed in 2013 we wouldn't even be talking about immigration reform. Instead we have a president who wants to build a wall.....

Richard Heckler 5 months, 1 week ago

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Bob Summers 5 months, 1 week ago

Bastiat had you congenital Liberals figured out a long time ago.

Richard Heckler 5 months, 1 week ago

ONE step the women's movement could consider is connecting up with CREDO cell phone service.

CREDO donates to women's rights organization such as Planned Parenthood. donates to the ACLU and a few other organizations that represent responsible American values.

Scott Kaiser 5 months, 1 week ago

Ah! Show your true colors! Planned Parenthood kills humans and sells the parts for profits. Nice. And the ACLU? Another Liberal organization that promotes such groups as NAMBLA. We all see where you are coming from....

Chris Ogle 5 months, 1 week ago

All of us here in the USA, have the freedom to voice our opinions, and to peacefully demonstrate our beliefs. This is one of the many reasons I choose to live here in the United States.

By the way, hope this isn't a women's only gig. "2018 Women’s March" sounds too gender specific to me. Men should not be discriminated against just because they are male..... Just my opinion.

Scott Kaiser 5 months, 1 week ago

What if one was to create "The National Advancement Organization of White People?" Racist! How about a "MR. America" contest? Misogynist! OK, how about reforming welfare and illegal immigration?

The Dems would crap their pants because of the loss of voter base. They would have to sign up more voters dead in cemeteries....

Scott Kaiser 5 months, 1 week ago

Certainly it helps that the media, a wolf, dressed in sheep's clothing, spew their rhetoric to lead the gullible to lies and false facts.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months ago

People of all colors and genders and sexual preferences and religions, and everyone is invited to this march. All they have to do is believe that all people have the same human rights.

Do you think that a Black person would have been welcome to the alt right march in Charlottesville? I don't even think I saw any women marching with them. Do you think a trans would have been welcome?

Why do you insist on being so uninformed?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months ago

Just like the Women's March last year all genders are welcome.

Gary Stussie 5 months ago

Not everyone was welcome Dorothy...

While last year's Woman’s March on Washington did not officially declared itself as pro-choice, its partners included organizations that are widely known to advocate and promote pro-choice principles (Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and NARAL Pro-Choice America). More telling was the fact that Pro-Life groups were not contacted by the Women's March on Washington organizers.

Terri Ferguson 5 months, 1 week ago

Only men commenting?? Must make ya all nervous!

Bob Summers 5 months, 1 week ago

I "self identify" as a female when necessary.

Non-gender specific as needed.

Your sexism is unwarranted.

Jillian Andrews 5 months ago

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Bob Smith 5 months ago

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Bob Smith 5 months ago

What part of a post about making a sandwich violated the usage agreement? A post on another thread containing "My ass" is still up. Anyhow: "...Handcrafted magenta hats with cat ears dubbed “pussyhats” were the unofficial symbol of women’s marches across the country last year, creating what appeared to be a sea of pink when photographed from above. But the creator of the hat has faced criticism after some have complained the knitted hats aren’t inclusive of women of color — who might not possess, well, all-pink lady parts — or transgender women, who might not have lady parts at all. Some critics say the hats are a blow to contemporary feminism and reinforce concerns that last year’s marches centered on white women. And there’s a national movement this year to ditch the hats altogether..."

Bob Summers 5 months ago

Trump is mentally unstable says the congenital Liberal.


Liberal females dress like this for children to see. ..

...and ask for respect...?

Ken Lassman 5 months ago

Damn right, Bob--you would prefer dressing in Nazi outfits and salutes? And having them semi-legitimized by the president saying many of those Neo-Nazis were "very fine people?"

Time to cool off your overactive amygdala, Bob.

Bob Summers 5 months ago

Emotional hypersensitivity is a prominent symptom of people with the Liberal genetic condition.

Notice the Nazi fantasy.

Creating fantasies is another symptom.

Ken Lassman 5 months ago

Creating fantasies is a symptom of a liberal genetic condition? With all your talk about the "congenital liberals," you just diagnosed yourself as the most liberal person out there, bar none! Thanks for the laugh.

Richard Heckler 5 months ago

Women are the largest voting bloc in the USA. Women can control government and protect their rights at the same time. GO VOTE.

Never allow oneself to be convinced that YOUR vote means nothing and doesn't count.

What we do know is not voting changes nothing and will certainly not protect women's rights.

Louis Kannen 5 months ago

Still haven't seen a single response as to why Pro-Life Groups were not invited...overtly smacks of "my way or the highway..." How wonderfully LIBerating...

Louis Kannen 5 months ago

...and to Terri Ferguson's comment, not at all nervous and certainly not at all surprised at the lack of inclusivity of any Pro-Life Groups...Have a nice LIFE.

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