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Thousands attend Lawrence’s 2018 Women’s March to promote resistance, change

Hundreds of marchers fill South Park for Lawrence's 2018 Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.

Hundreds of marchers fill South Park for Lawrence's 2018 Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.

January 20, 2018

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As she addressed the thousands of participants in Lawrence's 2018 Women's March Saturday from the South Park pavilion, Vice Mayor Lisa Larsen said she was impressed with the size of the crowd but more encouraged by the spirit of those attending.

“The energy astounds me,” she said. “We need to take advantage of that. I want us all to roll up our sleeves, dive into the resistance and not come up until we win.”

Jolene Andersen, who organized the march with fellow political activist Christine Smith, said an estimated 2,500 people attended the South Park rally and 12-block march that followed, which ran down Massachusetts Street from the park to City Hall and back.

“We realized our goal of having a continuous loop of marchers north to City Hall and back to South Park,” she said.

Andersen said she could feel the energy and commitment for change the marchers brought to the event.

“Absolutely — I wish we were voting today,” she said. “A lot of things can happen in a year.”

The march fell on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration and was one day short of a year from the 2017 Women’s March, which attracted millions of people to Washington and other cities to advocate for women and minorities, as well as immigration reform and other issues. The pink stocking hats many marchers wore became a symbol of resistance to Trump's administration.

Pink hats were plentiful Saturday in South Park, as were signs with political sentiments similar to those expressed at last year's marches. Many of the signs bore anti-Trump messages, such as “Grab Trump by the mid-terms,” while others urged more general political action — “If you are not political, you’re complicit” or, more simply, “Vote.”

During her speech to the marchers, the Rev. Sherrie Taylor-Jones of Unity Church of Lawrence called for a national shift to a politics of feminism, racial equality, environmentalism and economic equality. She asked those in the crowd to march for those values instead of against political positions they disagreed with.

Feminists had changed Kansas before, said Paul Davis, a Lawrence Democrat running for the 2nd District U.S. House seat. He compared the Women’s March movement to the 19th-century Kansas suffragettes, who won women the first-in-the-nation right to vote in local elections. That same type of commitment would help the Women's March movement achieve its goals, he said.

“One year ago, we were feeling discouraged,” he said. “We all had the opportunity to retreat into our discouragement. But we are all the descendants of pioneer women, and retreat was not an option.”

Julia Good Fox, dean of Natural and Social Sciences at Haskell Indian Nations University, and Brooklynne Mosley, a Lawrence Democratic Party organizer, said successful change started at the often-forgotten local level. Mosley urged listeners to get involved by volunteering to help candidates and campaigns.

Those candidates, Good Fox said, should “support women’s issues 100 percent of the time.”

Every vote matters, said Ursula Minor, president of the Lawrence NAACP chapter. She noted that Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore in last month’s special election for the Alabama Senate because he won 98 percent of votes of black women.

As Ada Anderson of Olathe left the park to march down Massachusetts Street, she said there was evidence women were ready to make change in 2018.

“I’m ready for the election,” she said. “I think the big news is Emily’s List (an online women’s political action committee focused on abortion rights) has signed up 26,000 women to run for office this year. The last two election cycles, it was about 900.”

Standing on a planter at the corner of 10th and Massachusetts streets during the march, University of Kansas lecturer Diane Taveggia held a sign that read: “Donald Trump: We are better than this.” Taveggia said she attended the rally and march to release her anger — and to reinforce her optimism that things would change.

“That’s why I’m here with everybody,” she said. “We’ve sunk so low. Trump is ruining the country, and that makes me unbearably sad.”

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 month ago

Women can force the change necessary BECAUSE they are the largest group of voters on the USA planet.

It won't pay back to vote for a woman candidate simply because the candidate is a woman. GOP women are in large part are not republicans instead they very right wing libertarian or fundamentalist thinkers that which vote against women. Too many right wing women are on high tax dollar salaries = paid too much to be voting against women.

Lynn Jenkins and Susan Wagle are but two examples. Women cannot afford conservative women.

Therefore if moderate to liberal minded women are going to run for office it is going to require a large number of women votes to get them elected.

Bob Smith 1 month ago

None by Donald J. Trump

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month ago

What a nasty jab from the jerk. He knows perfectly well we were marching against him. These marchers aren't rich enough to be getting much of a benefit from his tax cuts. But hey, throw you a couple of hundred dollars and you are happy, right Bob. Money is everything. But even if a poor person gets the $2,000 that Trump claims they will get, how will that pay for a child's operation if they have a sick child. Might be able to pay for some health insurance. And remember, it's only for a few years. After that the rich corporations keep their tax cuts, and your taxes go up. And we will be living with even more Republican debt, and probably a crash. But that's okay, because the rich will still have money, and we must take care of them first, right?

Steve Johnson 1 month ago

start sending your money to all in need. You are obviously watching way to much CNN and your hero Rachel Madow. Don't start spouting facts that you know nothing about. Just because your Trump hating liberals on CNN say something doesn't mean its true, 90% of what they say is negative and exaggerated. that is a fact!

Ken Lassman 1 month ago

Actually your factoid statistic is about as unverifiable as anything I've read lately. If you really believe that, provide backed up citations, please.

Gary Stussie 1 month ago

Wow! With your remarkable grasp of economics, I wonder why you are not one of those enormously wealth folks you so hate.

Paul Krugman, the Obama economic wizard, predicted a stockmarket crash if Trump was elected. He is also the one that envisioned dumping trillions into ineffective stimulus. When it didn't work, he claimed it wasn't big enough. Taxes will only be increased if DEMs are back in power. Be patient Dorothy, we are Making America Great Again!

BTW ... Almost all of the growth in top American earners has come from just three economic sectors: professional services, finance and insurance, and health care, groups that tend to benefit from regulatory barriers that shelter them from competition (aka Obama Administration).

The groups that have contributed the most people to the 1 percent since 1980 are: physicians; executives, managers, sales supervisors, and analysts working in the financial sectors; and professional and legal service industry executives, managers, lawyers, consultants and sales representatives.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/upshot/income-inequality-united-states.html

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month ago

So can you tell me why each time there has been an experiment of drastically cutting taxes, there has always followed a wild, bull ride in the market, then a huge crash. Happened in the 20's, happened in the 80's, happened most recently in 2007. And then there is the disaster in Kansas. And Minnesota still outperforms Wisconsin. Well, maybe not for making the rich even richer, but for the economy for everyone.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/17/one-state-raised-taxes-the-other-cut-them-guess-which-one-is-in-recession/?utm_term=.0bf8ef73f757

https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-economies/21697/

Steve Johnson 1 month ago

Better than the gathering of Lawrence liberals, Jayhawks win baby! Great play by Newman secured the victory. The march was nothing about women, it was all about supporting our Jayhawks and pumping them up before they head to Oklahoma for a big game Tuesday! Go Hawks

Ken Lassman 1 month ago

Gee, I can entertain reading about and even attending marches and other events for and by BOTH women and men, can't you????

Sam Crow 1 month ago

I think it's nice the Lawrence liberals can get together for a group therapy session for their ongoing post election depression.

Did it conclude with a group hug?

Ken Lassman 1 month ago

You'll be happy to know that voter registration was active, Sam.

Sam Crow 1 month ago

Anytime more than a dozen Lawrence liberals get together, they have a voter registration drive.

Ken Lassman 1 month ago

A very patriotic thing to do, indeed, don't you think? And since we're talking about it, here's a link to do just that: https://www.douglascountyks.org/depts/voting-and-elections/registering-vote-kansas

Thanks for prompting me, Sam!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month ago

So you are against encouraging people to vote. Most of us suspected as much. Thank you for confirming that.

Richard Heckler 1 month ago

I say the market could crash in order for Trump to stick with the status quo platform of the conservative right wing that is well established.

Yes the pattern of such is set in stone.

Jeb Bush defaulted on a $4.56 million loan from Broward Federal Savings in Sunrise, Florida. After federal regulators closed the S&L, the office building that Jeb used the $4.56 million to finance was reappraised by the regulators at $500,000, which Bush and his partners paid. The taxpayers had to pay back the remaining 4 million plus dollars. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/18/1352819/--The-Bush-Brothers-are-Bank-Robbers#

The S&L scandals is by no means the only incident of questionable, and actually illegal, financial activity that the Bush family has been involved in. The line of questionable, illegal, and unethical businesses practices goes back at least to Prescott Bush Sr., George Bush Sr.’s father. Prescott

Prescott Bush was a Senator from 1952 – 1963. Previous to his time as a Senator Prescott was a banker and businessman. Prior to the American entry into WWII Prescott Bush was director of Union Banking Corporation. Union Banking Corporation helped to finance Hitler’s regime. The Concentration Camps of Nazi Germany were labor camps that the Nazis used to make products for their regime as well as for sale to raise money. Prescott profited directly from the Auschwitz labor camp.

In 1942, after Hitler declared war on America the United States government seized the Union Banking Corporation under the Trading with the Enemy Act as a front operation that was supporting the Nazis. Much of the profits from the operation were already pocketed by Prescott however, and $1.5 million was put in a trust fund for George Bush Sr.

For more on Prescott Bush's ties to the Nazis see:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1312540,00.html

Richard Heckler 1 month ago

I say the market could crash in order for Trump to stick with the status quo platform of the conservative right wing that is well established. Take down the economy then force taxpayers to bailout Wall Street and Wall Street Banks instead of throwing the Wall Street Mismanagement Teams in jail.

Yes the pattern of such is set in stone.

This is what drives up SUPPORT for Social Services in America!

--- Conservatives DELIIBERATELY CRASHING THE ECONOMY http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/09/did-republicans-deliberately-crash-us-economy

--- GW Bush Lies About Social Security to Americans( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion,place taxpayers insurance money at risk and wreck the economy) Social Security Insurance Privatization ( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion, add $300 billion to the debt each of the next 20 years, place taxpayers insurance money at risk and wreck the economy) http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

--- Conservatives Use "Rebuilding America's Defences," to openly advocate for total global USA military domination. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

--- Conservatives Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/18/1352819/--The-Bush-Brothers-are-Bank-Robbers#

--- Conservatives Bush/Cheney Wall Street Home Loan Heist http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/02/25/700272/-FBI-Kills-RUSH-s-Blame-the-Borrower-Meme-and-Ignore-the-Money-Launderers-UPDATED

--- What Did Conservatives Do With $700 billion of bank bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

--- Still A Bad Idea –The Conservative ENTITLEMENT Package for the wealtiest 1% which is still producing a dysfunctional economy. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

The TRUMP the RUMP tax cuts spell wreckanomics and are an extension of the GW Bush Supply Side Economics which effectively send jobs abraod and economies down the tubes. Tax breaks going 38 years has been a highlight of the right wing libertarian/fundamentalist party since Reagan/Bush.

THE SAME plan which has brought to the taxpayers 3 loan scams, wreckless mergers and too many corporate bailouts surrounding senseless lending and unethical management from the top.

Richard Heckler 1 month ago

Women can force the change necessary BECAUSE they are the largest group of voters on the USA planet.

It won't pay back to vote for a woman candidate simply because the candidate is a woman. GOP women are in large part are not republicans instead they very right wing libertarian or fundamentalist thinkers that which vote against women. Too many right wing women are on high tax dollar salaries = paid too much to be voting against women.

Lynn Jenkins and Susan Wagle are but two examples. Women cannot afford conservative women.

Therefore if moderate to liberal minded women are going to run for office it is going to require a large number of women votes to get them elected.

Gary Stussie 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Richard, I thought you were limited to one blast of propaganda each comment?

Steve Johnson 1 month ago

Looks like a group exercise, how far did they march? Maybe they should do it every day!

Cille King 1 month ago

Bob Summers, stop posting fake news:
Infowars -"Managed by Alex Jones. Has previously claimed that millions of people have voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax, that the Boston Marathon bombing was a hoax, and that the Democratic Party was hosting a child sex slave ring out of a pizza restaurant."

Bob Summers 1 month ago

Live footage of the environmental destruction by Liberal females and Liberal safe space males is fake?

Too funny!

Cille King 1 month ago

No live footage of women's march tossing litter on ground. No other source that has a report on this, that I found. No other mention of a soy latte march. I think it more likely that this fake news source staged it all.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month ago

Some of the marchers did march to Trump's hotel and leave their signs behind. They were gifts to Trump. Didn't he appreciate them?

And anytime you have a crowd of people there will be some trash. As I was walking back to the metro to get back to our bus, I saw some park's workers picking up some trash, and said "I'm sorry there is stuff for you to clean up" They both smiled and said "That's okay. It's for a good cause." Subway workers kept saying how impressed they were with the size and politeness of the crowd. And no one was heard shouting racist, Nazi chants. No one run down by a car.

Alex Landazuri 1 month ago

but thats one of their favorite news sources. its an old angry white guy who tries to sell supplements. how can he be wrong?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month ago

Info Wars? Really? The man who lied about Pizzagate leading one of his "fans" to take a gun and threatened people in the pizza restaurant? You mean the guy who thinks Sandy Hook shooting was faked? You mean the guy who thinks that 9/11 was an inside job? The guy that thinks Obama was born in Kenya and is the head of AlQueda? You mean the guy who couldn't convince the judge that he should have full custody of his children?

Alana Winner 1 month ago

Usually, during marches, (i.e women's and science marches) people are reminded beforehand to pick-up litter or recycle, I don't know what happens out of Kansas. Did a person at the Lawrence march see, "people throwing down signs and leaving them or cups all over the ground?

Cille King 1 month ago

I was at the Lawrence March, and did not see any one littering. This InfoWars is a totally FAKE NEWS site. No other news source has this story, no other mention of a soy latte march. It was all staged! Don't be one to spread fake news. Check the list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fake_news_websites

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month ago

Well, if you would walk away from your computer, you could have driven by the park and seen that is was as clean as when the marchers arrived. And if you would get the real details of last year's DC march, you would know that people were putting those signs in front of Trump's hotel. They were a gift to Trump. Why wasn't he honored?

Richard Aronoff 1 month ago

Nice to see that Dorothy Hoyt-Reed is still spewing out little tablets from her intellectual PEZ dispenser. In ancient Greece, the term idiot referred to someone who was clueless when it came to matters of politics. OPA, Dorothy.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month ago

Name calling instead of arguing my points? How very intellectual of you.

Greg Cooper 1 month ago

Tell us something, all you "trash haters": why is there not a comment from you telling us why the March, itself, was unnecessary. It seems as if deflecting the purpose of the march and denigrating the women and men who participated are the only things you can come up with. Like your mentor, Chump, you jump to derision and side issues rather than address the real meaning of the March. Why is that? Could it be you simply hate that women are beginning to speak? is it, more than that, that you are afraid of the largest voting bloc in the country? Could it?

Bob Summers 1 month ago

I find the pussyhat erodes one's efficacy.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 weeks ago

I find your initials all too telling.

David Holroyd 4 weeks ago

Those thousands marching could have marched to Oak Hill and worked on the Mausoleum and had something to show for their time.

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