by Emma Piasick
Around 7,500 men and women occupied the streets of Trenton yesterday afternoon at the Women’s March to protect their rights as citizens of the United States of America. Organized by Elizabeth Meyer, the event began with several empowering speeches at the Trenton War Memorial, followed by marching to the steps of the Statehouse, shouting chants such as “build bridges, NOT walls!” and “bigotry has got to go!”
Rather than protesting Donald Trump’s presidency, this march focused on fighting for available birth control and abortions, all that Planned Parenthood offers to women, and maintaining the rights that women generations before have fought for tirelessly. As a marcher, Joanne Brown stated, “our rights as women are in danger. Our reproductive rights. And I don’t ever want my daughter [right here] to EVER have to march again.” Those who marched also spoke against bigotry, racism, misogyny, and homophobia, as shown by signs that stated “liberty and justice for ALL.”
While bringing all of these important subjects to light, the underlying message at the event was for all citizens to unite and take action. The keynote speaker at the Trenton Women’s March, Edith Savage-Jennings, lifted the crowd with her speech in front of the Statehouse, exclaiming, “you have united today, and I beg that you stay united.”
Savage-Jennings fought and continues to fight for civil rights, participating in sit-ins beginning when she was fourteen and working closely with Martin Luther King, befriending one of her best friends, Coretta Scott-King along the way. She stressed that “the White House is not a palace, it is a people’s house,” making it crucial that citizens demand representation.
Trenton, one of many cities that organized to fight for women’s rights, held a successfully peaceful protest, helping to build a strong bridge and destroy a dividing wall.