Second Annual Northampton Women’s March draws crowd of 2,000

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Second Annual Northampton Women’s March draws crowd of 2,000

A panoramic view of the crowd at the march

A panoramic view of the crowd at the march

Alice Wanamaker

A panoramic view of the crowd at the march

Alice Wanamaker

Alice Wanamaker

A panoramic view of the crowd at the march

Alice Wanamaker, Journalist

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When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, people protested. Across the country, in thousands of cities and towns, people marched against his platform’s ideals-creating the largest single-day protest in history. One of the many ‘sister marches’ occurred in Northampton, where an estimated 3,000 people took the street to rally.

A year after President Trump’s inauguration, the protest continued. Around 2,000 people marched in Northampton on January 20th, 2018: a sign-carrying, pink hat-wearing train that stretched nearly a mile down Main Street.

The march ended with a rally on the steps of Northampton City Hall. Speakers included Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a woman running for Massachusetts Congress, and Jennifer Levi, a law professor at Western New England University and lead attorney in the lawsuit that blocked Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.

“Do that thing, no matter how big or small,” Levi urged protesters, speaking about what the next steps were. What to do next? How to work towards your beliefs? “Do that thing.”

This year’s protest had a stronger focus on voting than it did last year. The 2017 election season saw a surge of success for liberal and minority candidates, and every speaker at the rally emphasized the importance of keeping that swing going.

Above all, the message at the march was one of hope and empowerment for all those in attendance: that eventually, their efforts would come to fruition. “We’ll take back the Senate someday,” the crowd sang, to the tune of ‘We Shall Overcome’.

“We’ll take back the House someday.”

“We’ll protect the Dreamers today.”

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