Turn Out Massive for Women's March in Des Moines
The crowd was dotted with bright pink hats which was part of the Pussyhat Project. According to their website, it was a means to make a unique visual statement for the rallies. Along with their hats, many marchers brought signs including one that read “Will Trade: 1) Steve King 2) Joni Ernst 3) Chuck Grassley For Any Immigrant.”
The speakers reflected the many different faces in the crowd — including Native Americans, Latinos, Disabled people, Gay and Lesbian, Older Americans, Students and Youth,and more.
Representative Marti Anderson, Iowa HD-36, spoke and reminded the participants of being active in letting their representatives know what is important. She said, “government is how we do things together that we can’t do alone.” She encouraged all attendees to come “to the people’s house” and share their concerns with their representatives.
Another speaker mentioned she was “prepared to witness history and retire from activism” on November 8, 2016. Instead, she said we witnessed a different kind of history and the fight to move forward for women’s and human rights continues.
Movement 515, a group of Des Moines area high school students, delivered moving spoken word, reminding us that women are like rain and that being “wet and wild” is acceptable and encouraged.
Donna Red Wing told the crowd, at the urging of her wife, “your heart knows the way, so walk in that direction.”