Women’s March in downtown Des Moines speaks out against Trump, Barrett nomination

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A Women’s March in Des Moines joined the national Women’s March in Washington, D.C. — and others across the country — on Saturday to express dissent against President Donald Trump and his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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The event started with a moment of screaming, rather than the typical moment of silence, to let out frustrations before marching through downtown Des Moines.

“Just scream away, just go crazy,” one of the Des Moines Women’s March organizers, Hailey Dixon, told a crowd of about 150, including families with children, before they marched from the Pappajohn Sculpture Park to the Neal Smith Federal Building and back.

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Protestors at the Des Moines Women’s March criticized Barrett as a “dangerously conservative” judge that would harm the legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her fight for women’s rights.

“In this weeks’ hearings, Amy Coney Barrett has made it clear that she supports revoking marriage equality rights, she is staunchly anti-abortion, she’s in favor of revoking DACA rights, she calls climate change a controversial topic instead of what it is: A fact,” Dixon said during the event.