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.
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.
After four days of confirmation hearings earlier this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Barrett’s confirmation on Oct. 22 — less than two weeks before Election Day. Republicans have vowed to continue with Barrett’s confirmation, while Democrats have criticized Barrett’s nomination as a rushed move to confirm her before an election where both the Senate majority and the White House are up for grabs.
During the march, protestors chanted: “No confirmation until inauguration,” “not the church, not the state, women must control our fate,” and “grab him by the ballot, vote him out,” among other chants.
Intersectionality was stressed during Des Moines Women’s March.
Jalesha Johnson, a Des Moines community organizer, performed her own spoken word focused on the Black woman’s experience in the Midwest and another piece written by a trans woman. She told the crowd the Women’s March needs to be more intersectional.
“I’m going to be honest with you, I’m going to be authentic with you. If you show up today and don’t show up for Black Lives Matter next week, you don’t (care) about women,” Johnson said.
“We have to elevate the voices of women who did not look like us, or live like us.”
The event also emphasized voting as a crucial method to create change. Voter registration tables were at the event to encourage people to vote safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As an Indigenous woman, I don’t really believe in the system. I think it’s built upon white supremacy — but we can change it,” said Sikowis, or Christine Nobiss of Iowa City. Nobiss spoke at the March and has spoken at three other Women’s Marches since 2017.
“Voting is one way to make that change.”
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