Rally for Her Rights
Photo Credit: Gina LeVay
Protesters filled the streets from New York to Los Angeles on Saturday, January 20, 2018 for the second annual Women’s March to promote female empowerment and demand for social change.
The following day, Sunday, had marked one full year since the original Women’s March, which was the time of President Trump’s inauguration. In honor of this anniversary, organizers decided to host their flagship event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nevada was chosen for its status as a "battleground state that will shape the Senate in 2018," (NPR) and for Nevada’s large Women’s March network (CNN). These factors helped influenced the decision, mentioned by Sarsour, an organizer of the event.
Rather than being a march, a rally was held inside Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium that began at 10 a.m.
The event was solely focused on spreading it’s initial message.
The meet was called “Power to the Polls” with an objective to "register new voters, engage impacted communities, and harness our collective energy to advocate for policies, as well as elect more women and progressive candidates that reflect our values,” said by Sarsour.
The event featured a mixture of speakers from very powerful movements across the democratic spectrum. Speakers of the rally included, Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, Melissa Harris-Perry, a professor and former MSNBC host, congressman and civil rights era icon John Lewis, D-Ga. and Alicia Garza of the Black Lives Matter movement.
"... We wanted to have the most directly impacted people that have the same platform ... undocumented people, people from trans community and victims of the shooting ... we are uniting the party,” Sarsour concluded.