FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Local marchers to join more than 370 sister marches nationwide on January 21, 2017
Pierre, SD January 17, 2017 – Pierre area residents interested in spreading a message of solidarity with women in South Dakota and around the world will be joining the Women’s March on Washington in a local “sister march” near the capitol building steps on January 21st at 2:00pm. Marchers will march along Capitol Avenue in an effort to reaffirm the core American values of freedom and democracy for all, at a time when many fear that their voices will be lost.
The Women’s March on Washington has inspired more than 370 marches in locations across the United States and internationally. While each person may have their own reasons for marching, the mission is to bring people together to take a stand on issues that deeply impact all of us, and it is an important way for women to come together and express their voice regarding the current political climate.
Nancy Parker, Sioux Falls, states, “I’m marching for my 16 yr old daughter and she will be marching by my side for me. We are at much different places in our lives and both have different concerns. I’m also marching for all women’s and human rights.”
Another marcher indicated that while she was marching on Saturday, she herself felt like she could be victimized by expressing her beliefs in public. She indicated that “if anyone in South Dakota feels targeted, alone, or unsafe, it’s my job and my responsibility to stand with them, and show them that they are not without support.” Her professional position, however, left her feeling vulnerable herself, another reason for the importance of marches like this one.
To-date, more than 700,000 marchers are expected to gather nationally and internationally in support of women’s issues. The march is also a way to support the efforts of other rallies held for the purpose of drawing awareness to issues and agendas that voters feel may not be in their best interests, such as the recent rally in Pierre supporting Initiated Measure 22, a measure passed by voters in 2016, that is currently being contested by South Dakota legislators.