Women's group to march on Sandy
Last January the nation was abuzz with talk of dissatisfaction and pink hats. Many upset by the inauguration of President Donald Trump took to the streets to protest and carry forward the momentum of the women's rights movement the 2016 election cycle spurred.
Nearly 200 people came out to form the Women's March on Sandy and represent their ideals in their community on Jan. 21, 2017. Local resident Lori Kuechler facilitated the event and has since continued to host discussions between those involved on a monthly basis.
The main topic of their last meeting was "will we march again?"
Several of the "sister march" cities, which held marches last year have said they will host a second protest in the coming weeks to express their continued discontent and frustration.
In the end, the answer was a resounding "yes."
On Saturday, Jan. 20, the group will meet again at the fountain in Centennial Plaza, 39295 Pioneer Blvd., to march peacefully down Pioneer and Proctor boulevards, minding laws and restrictions.
"When we had the march, it wasn't enough," Kuechler explained. "We knew there was more to do."
Over the past year, the group has gathered to discuss topics, such as what it would take to get more women into office and what the impeachment process actually entails.
"The statistic that drives us meeting is that 51 percent of our population is women and 19 percent of Congress is women," Kuechler said, addressing the group of about 25 people who attended the Jan. 7 meeting.
Since Kuechler is traveling out of state on the day of the proposed second Women's March on Sandy, former Sandy mayor Linda Malone will take the reins.
"I want it to be a continued resistance march," Malone said. "We're still here, and we're going to continue to protest the things we see going wrong in our country."