Grizzlies hit the pavement to have their voices heard

Grizzlies hit the pavement to have their voices heard

On January 21, millions of people across the world marched to show their objection towards President Donald Trump and his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. While the originating march took place in Washington, many others, including Grizzlies, participated in their own hometowns.

“It was a really incredible experience, it really did feel like we were all sort of part of something bigger than ourselves and the crowd was so welcoming it was inspiring,” said Spring Valley senior Erika Martinez, who attended the march in Downtown Las Vegas.

Some Spring Valley teachers also attended the event to let their voices be heard.

“It’s just really important to me that everyone has those basic rights that they all deserve, and this last election has really shown me that not all people share that belief,” said English teacher Ms. Amy Devaul. “It just felt necessary to be a part of a movement that was created to remind people of that. We can’t allow our country to be run by bigotry and hatred. We can’t allow our healthcare to be take away from people. We can’t allow this president to put restrictions on women’s rights to reproduce, the right to plan your family. It’s all hate and bigotry and it has no place in this country. Act like a president and not a baby. He works for us now as the American people, and he can’t just do whatever he wants.”

Others attended to support equal rights.

“Women’s rights and the rights of gender equality are really important and they aren’t  guaranteed right now, so I think it was important to have as many people there as possible,” said English and AVID teacher, Alexis Walters, who attended the Downtown Las Vegas rally.

Many celebrities also attended the event at the nation’s capital to advocate for women’s rights. Madonna spoke out about unfair treatment of women and minorities. She also encouraged those at the Women’s March to make a change in a positive way.

“It seems as though we have slipped into a false sense of comfort, that justice would prevail and good would prevail in the end,” she said.  “Well, good did not win this election. But good will win in the end. So what today means is that we are far from the end. Today marks the beginning; the beginning of our story. The revolution starts here.” said Madonna.

Alicia Keys, famous for her successful singing career, also spoke at the event.

“We will not allow our bodies to be owned and controlled by men in government, or men anywhere for that matter,” Keys said. “We will not allow our compassionate souls to get stepped on. We want the best for all Americans, no hate, no bigotry, no Muslim registry.”

The organizers of the Women’s March are planning “A day without women,” meant to be a strike showing the importance of women in the workplace and the world. The group has also been writing to senators and meeting with government officials in their hometowns.