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YWCA organizes Women's March in Kalamazoo photo credit / CLara Moss

“Women have different ideas. The reality is you put something in the hands of women, it gets done,” said committee chair Alisa Parker about the Women’s March and the action she hopes it sparks.

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Sheriff Richard Fuller poses with a sign a woman at the march gave him. Fuller was at both the outdoor march and the indoor rally.

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On January 18, women, men and children from the Kalamazoo area gathered downtown for a women’s march and a call for action. The march started at Bronson Park and ended at the First Congregational Church, where diverse women spoke and different dance teams performed.

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The march ended with a call to action which Parker hopes will lead to a difference in voting numbers, acknowledgment of women, and energy to move forward. Parker was looking for participation at the march and for the call to action to inspire women to vote, lead to commitment, and for women to identify local issues.

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Parker also didn’t want the focus to be only on elected officials, she wanted women to know that you can be at any level in life and make an important change.

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“[There has] not been a lot of energy, what we’re doing and how we’re moving forward,” Parker said about the low energy about moving forward since the initial women’s march. Parker wants women to move forward together and discuss what women can do together after this call to action.

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People of all ages and races came together on Saturday January 18th to make a difference in their home. The march ended at the church where the marchers stood outside and chanted before going inside.

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Annaliese Bol, a Loy Norrix sophomore, volunteered by setting up the march route and the rally. After the march, Bol realized that it’s a great cause and there are a lot of ways people can help, that the collective efforts of all people will make a change.

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“It’s just an interesting thing to be a part of,” Bol said about why she volunteered.

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The theme of the march this year was Building Power Together. This theme focused on being equitable and using marginalized voices to raise attention, as both the march committee and speakers were mostly women of color.

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Empowerment and equity is important to bring communities together and provide everyone with the same opportunities. We can only make a change when we come together. Photo Credit / Clara Moss
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