POWER TO THE POLLS

Throughout American history, civil disobedience is a common occurrence. It is a necessity in inciting change. The Civil Rights march on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, the Solidarity Day march in 1981, the Anti-Nuclear March of 1982, and the Women’s March of 2017 are among the many marches for change that the United States had witnessed in the last century.

The 2017 Women’s March is among the largest and most peaceful marches in U.S. history. The 2018 continuation, the weekend of women, started on the one year anniversary of the Women’s March in states across the nation. This year’s Women’s March, also known as ‘Power to the Polls’, took place on the twentieth and the twenty-first of January. Though the Weekend of Women spanned throughout that entire weekend, the actual day of the march was up to the individual states, with the twenty-first being the anniversary of the original Women’s March.

Last year, the monumental protest took the United States by storm after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. With an estimated attendance of 3-5 million nationwide. Sister marches took place in about 261 places other than the US, worldwide. “This is pro-women. This is a continuation of a struggle women have been dealing with for a very long time. In this moment, we are connecting and being as loud as possible,” Co-founder of the movement, Tamika Mallory stated. The 2017 Women’s March aimed to fight for equality, diversity, inclusion and climate action.

Due to the successful turnout of protesters in 2017, the organizers of the march decided to have an anniversary event with additional goals. The 2018 Power to the Polls aimed to bring a larger voter turnout and to elect more qualified women 

into authoritative positions. As the official Women’s March: Power to the Polls website states, “The national voter registration tour will target swing states to register new voters, engage impacted communities, harness our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values, and collaborate with our partners to elect more women and progressive’s candidates to office. The coordinated campaign will build upon Women’s March’s ongoing work uplifting the voices and campaigns of the nation’s most marginalized communities to create transformative social and political change.”

Indiana held its march on the twentieth, starting at the American Legion Mall. Marchers packed onto the lawn to listen to a lineup of speakers representing different communities. Once the speakers at the mall had finished, the march to the State House began. Protestors marched the streets of downtown Indianapolis brandishing signs with a diverse number of topics. Volunteers lined the sides of the streets giving words of encouragement and evening starting chants, such as, “hey hey, ho ho, inequalities got to go.” 

The local authorities had the roads blocked to insure safety to the marchers and other volunteers. The roads were packed from side to side as people of all different backgrounds came together to make their voice heard. 

The energy during The Women’s March carried on all the way to the State House, where another group of speakers concluded the event. Surrounding the State House were voter registration booths and candidates for different state elections. With a turnout of thousands, the Indiana sister march was an overall success. 

The Women’s March was not just women supporting women, but it was people supporting people. Such a wide range of communities had representatives at themarch. With high hopes, the 2018voter registration will increase as well as the voter turnout in the midterm elections.

Source:https://connersvilleclarion.com/2178/news/power-to-the-polls/