The Women's March On Denver
By Ken Singer
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Over one hundred and twenty Lyons area residents boarded three buses before 7:30 Saturday morning, heading for Denver's Women's March. They joined more than 100,000 people to support rights and protest the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
Lyons' Coalition for Conscious Action (CCA), a group started after the election, initially chartered one bus, filled that, ordered a second and filled that as well. Ian Phillips of Pizza Bar 66 transported additional marchers in his pink party bus.
CCA has released a tentative mission statement that it is not a protest organization but an advocacy and educational group. An email for the group proclaims: “CCA brings conscious voice and action to create and nurture a new culture of unity that benefits the diversity of all life on Earth.” Many signs at the march called for “CARE (Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, Empathy)” and “unity in kindness.”
The demonstration was peaceful. There was no noticeable police presence, except for a few squad cars on side streets along the one-point-three mile parade route. Marchers assembled in the Civic Center plaza prior to proceeding along the march route. Thousands were still waiting to enter the march as others were already returning and speakers were beginning.
Many marchers carried signs or banners - some humorous - proclaiming women's rights, promoting environmentalism, democracy and diversity, and protesting Trump's behavior and hair. Many women and girls wore the pink knit “pussy hats” that were also evident in the numerous sister marches in Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and many other cities in the US and around the world, including a demonstration on an Antarctica bound ship.
The march was not primarily intended to be a protest against Trump, however, many of the signs made reference to his grabbing genitals of women as well as his hair: “We shall overcomb,” “This toupee shall pass,” “You can't comb over sexism.” Some made reference to his coziness to Russia: “Tinkle, tinkle little czar, Putin's put you where you are,” and “NYET” spelled out in orange Cheetos.
His grabbing of genitals was seen on many signs daring him to touch their crotches: “Grab my pussy, I dare you,” “Don't grab the pussy that created you,” “Sex offenders can't live in government housing” (drawing of White House). References to his hands and intelligence abounded: “My seven year old acts more presidential,” “Make America smart again,” “Keep your tiny hands off public lands,” and “You make me feel like a nasty woman.”
Among the chants were: “This is what democracy looks like,” and “Our bodies, our choice” (women) with men responding: “Their bodies, their choice.” While the men in the crowd were largely outnumbered by women and girls, they voiced support including holding signs that read: “Good men don't hurt women (or grab),” and “Men of quality support equality.”
Many signs emphasized rights: “Girls just want to have fun-damental rights,” “You can't have my rights, I'm not done with them yet,” and some referenced support of Planned Parenthood: “Mind your own uterus,” “Her body, her choice,” and “We need to talk about the elephant in the womb,” among others.
The large crowd included infants, kids in strollers, school-aged children, adults, and veterans of previous protests: “Watch out, Granny is marching again,” “We marched back then, 1967 - we march again 2017.” By the time the rally was over at 3 p.m., Lyons marchers headed back to Walt Self, tired but in good spirits.