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Walnut Creek Women's March

Feb 09, 2018 10:59AM

Northgate High School juniors Grace Benhamou (left) and Tess Jordahl (right) participated in the January 20 Women's March in Walnut Creek. Photo by Carly Ortega

By Jaki Jones; Photos by Carly Ortega

This year’s Women’s March was held on Saturday, January 20. It began at 10:30am at Civic Park in Walnut Creek and continued through downtown. The Women's March began as a worldwide protest on January 21, 2017, to advocate for legislation and policies regarding human rights and civil liberties and to speak out against intolerance.
On January 20, thousands met in Walnut Creek, once again, with a chorus of voices and signs that read, “Love trumps hate,” “Girls just want to have FUN-damental rights,” and “Women are the wall and Trump will pay.” They took a stand on issues of equality, acceptance, immigration, and the rights of all people. Northgate High School junior Carly Ortega was there to document the day. She said, “I loved going to this march and the one last year. It is a great way to make a statement and publicize important issues that women and people of all genders, backgrounds, and ethnicities face.”
Families, friends, and people of all ages attended the march with knit hats and chants. Carly reflected on both marches and added, “My favorite thing is when I get to see little kids holding up their own signs that they made, especially little boys that support their sisters. No one is ever too young to learn about equality. To have kids who know what equity entails is so vital because it means that the stereotypes we see today will not have to be broken later; they just won’t exist. I feel so proud to live in such a progressive community and one that really cares about what America will be like in the future.”