Raleigh Women’s March 2020 Was Another Hit!

Thousands of women and allies, including many children, went to the 4th Annual Women’s March in Raleigh on Sunday, 1/26/20. People had signs in their hands, on their shirts, on other clothes.  Some wore pink pussy hats, even on the mild sunny day (54 in January!) The event began with a march starting at the Legislative Building (the people’s  house) and all the way around Halifax Mall, led by some of the organizers chanting. People surged in to Halifax Mall, still chanting.

Front of 4th Raleigh Women’s March, Photo Credit Greg Stewart Photography

There were many impressive speakers celebrating the accomplishments of women and the challenges that are yet to be overcome.  There were moving and sometimes glorious performances throughout the program.

Performers included the Triangle Raging Grannies who started off the rally with 2 songs. Next was Sandra Dubose, with a voice like an angel! People were rocking to “Rise Up” and “Living Life like it’s Golden.”

Sandra Dubose Singing, Photo Credit: Greg Stewart Photography

Sandra Dubose Singing, Photo Credit: Greg Stewart Photography

Another highlight was the anti-rape anthem demonstration, “A Rapist In The Way,” done in Spanish and then English, at the end of the Physical Harm to Women section. See the words and more here.

The Anti-Rape Anthem Demonstration, Photo Credit: Ana Tampanna

Later in the program, the NCSU all women A Capella group “Ladies In Red,” performed.  They were excellent! This little girl stood transfixed.

Ladies In Red, Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Spoken Word Poet “IAMSOTERIA” returned to inspire us.

The last presentation was “20 things to do in 2020” shared by 5 of our organizers. Performer Randa McNamara did the final send off with a “Vote Them Out” song. 

Our program was organized in 4 areas – bodily harm to women, women at work, women with children/families, and women as residents. We started off with an indigenous land acknowledgement, the first one at the Raleigh Women’s Marches. 

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Pictures capture the spirit and feel of this special occasion.

The view of the crowd from the stage Photo by Jenny Warburg

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Deborah King from the Raleigh chapter of the National Domestic Workers Alliance telling her personal story. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

 

La’Meshia is a powerful speaker. Photo credit: Jenny Warburg

Press coverage of the Raleigh Women’s march.

“Louder than ever: Volunteers prep for 4th annual Women’s March on Raleigh – ABC11.com

WRAL – Thousands gather downtown for Raleigh Women’s March,  3 videos are listed. Video 1video 2, and video 3

ACB 11 and Yahoo news – Crowds gather downtown for Raleigh’s Women’s March

News &  Observer – ‘I want a better world for my child.’ Youth lead the way in 2020 Raleigh Women’s March

Progressive Pulse – 2020 Women’s March rally this weekend in Raleigh

CBS 17 news – Hundreds attend Women’s march in downtown Raleigh

Technician – Thousands join 2020 Raleigh Women’s March

Daily Tar Heel – National politics takes center stage at Raleigh Women’s March

News & Observer Opinion – This year, Women’s Marches will be different

Watch a video of the 2020 Raleigh Women’s March at https://fragmentsweb.org/videos/ by James L. VanHise

The notice of the Raleigh Women’s March being the topic of the Jan 22, 2020 News & Observer Forum was an ad in the N&O, not an article. I can’t access.

INDY Week – Raleigh Women’s March Trudges On (they mean rocks on!)

Shortlink: https://wp.me/p22b2e-2vk

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Molly Rivera introducing PPSAT’s Susanna Birdsong and her daughter, Photo credit: Gailya Paliga

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