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Sunday, 03 February 2019 21:27

From Staff Reports

Participants in the annual Women’s March in Western North Carolina on Jan. 20 in Asheville said they “felt empowered and encouraged by midterm election victories that raised the profile of women in politics,” according to the Asheville Citizen Times.

Despite “snow, ice and howling winds,” the ACT stated in an article later that day, a turnout numbering in the “thousands” converged in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square for the city’s third edition of the march. (Similar marches also were held Jan. 19 in Washington D.C., New York and other cities.)

“Although the crowd was notably smaller than years past, the demonstration was quite robust, spanning at one point the entire distance from Pack Square to Martin Luther King Jr. Park — a route of over half a mile,” the ACT noted.

The newspaper also noted that the crowd “dwindled to hundreds, as marchers reached Martin Luther King Jr. Park.”

Meanwhile, Asheville’s WLOS-TV News 13 reported a much smaller turnout at the march than did the ACT. “Hundreds of people gathered downtown Sunday morning” for the Women’s March, News 13 stated. 

“Organizers were hoping for about 13,000 people to show up, but because of frigid weather, high winds and rain, that didn’t happen. But the people that did show up were here for a fight.

“Men and women from all over the country came together in downtown Asheville, marching for kindness, equality, and choice,” News 13 reported. The women’s marches began in 2017 in response to the election of President Donald Trump.

The temperature never topped 30 degrees during the march, but the wind chill reportedly made it feel as though the it was in single digits, the ACT reported.

“During the rally, speakers recounted elections won by women last November — and longtime activist Mandy Carter of Durham urged young people to pledge to mobilize as the 2020 presidential election cycle began,” the ACT rnoted. “This year’s edition of the march was simultaneously backward- and forward-looking, as several speakers recounted victories won by women in the 2018 midterms and battles yet to be fought in 2020.”

Speaking about last “turbulent two years,” Nikki Harris, a Planned Parenthood representative who helped kick off the march, said the participants of the past two Women’s Marches realized that “marching alone wasn’t going to build the future we wanted for ourselves and for our families,” the ACT reported.



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