Dimond Women Take Part In March

On January 21, people all over the nation gathered to protest the inauguration of President Trump.

This Women’s March originally started in Washington D.C., but other cities throughout the US felt inspired.

Anchorage was no exception, and people marched downtown.

An estimated 2,000 people attended the march.

The impressive turnout throughout the nation is enough to make this march go down in history.

Kenzie Lindemann, a Dimond junior, said, “It is awesome to be able to say I was a part of history, and to show that I won’t back down from a fight.”

Naomi Oakley, a junior at Dimond, said, “It felt amazing to be a part of a worldwide event”

The protests sparked a debate about whether the protest was justified, and if there was actually a unified cause behind it.

Some marchers felt the cause was quite clear, while others thought it was more ambiguous.

Erin Moody, a Dimond junior, said, “The march originally started in just D.C. but then spread throughout the country and the world. I don’t think that would have been able to be accomplished if the message was not presented clearly.”

Lindemann had different ideas. She said, “To be honest, the march wasn’t for a specific reason, well maybe it was for support from others if anything, but each person marched for a different cause and we all supported each other’s reasons.”

She continued, “I do think the protest was justified, because for me it was to bring me hope for what is to come.”

The enormity of the march also brings up the question of how future generations will view this protest.

Lindemann said, “I really hope future generations see this event as a movement of the power of people, and that if you simply team up with other people that change will happen.”

Moody said, “I would hope that people will look back and be inspired by the recent protest and use it to spark further enthusiasm for social progression.”

Oakley agreed. She said, “I think that they would look at this day with pride.”

However, not all feedback on this protest was positive.

Tomi Lahren, host of Final Thoughts with Tomi Lahren, offered up criticism of the march.

She said the march was, “For what reason? To show little girls around the country that they too could play the victim card. They too can have their greatest contribution to society be whining about the election.”

Despite the controversy over the march, there is no doubt that the turnout of the Anchorage march, and the ability of the marchers to unite, was impressive.

In Anchorage, the temperature did not rise above 20 degrees.

Furthermore, there was heavy snowfall on the day of the march, making road conditions treacherous.

Still, an impressive amount of people showed up to the march, showing their dedication to the cause.

Oakley said, “It was amazing to see so many people wanting a better world than the one we are currently living”

Moody agreed. She said, “It was the greatest feeling being around so many people who felt just as passionately as me.”

Lindemann said, “It wasn’t overwhelming with all the people around, it was actually very heartwarming and calming to see that all of these people came together.”

Debate over the validity of the march aside, the event was an impressive example of Alaskan’s ability to unite.