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Lamoni Marches on Washington

Lamoni Marches on Washington

This weekend, there were Women’s Marches all across the country and the world promoting love and community worldwide. While a lot of Graceland students and faculty went to the marches in Kansas City or Des Moines, a small group of people from Graceland stayed in town and marched with Lamoni citizens from the community center to the Coliseum and then to Casey’s and back.

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Members of the Lamoni and Graceland communities join together to march for equality.

While at the community center, the group signed up for email list about future Lamoni events and talked a little bit about why they were there. Everyone had their own personal reasons, but all were able to come together and know that at the heart of it, they were there for one reason: love.

It is estimated that approximately 673 marches took place across the world (on all seven continents, I might add) and over 4.5 million people participated.

Even though the title of the event is “Women’s March on Washington”, the principles of the event are solely about the problems women face in day-to-day life. On their website, it states, “In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore.”

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The group stops to pose for a photo in front of the Coliseum Movie Theater.

The march started in Washington D.C., and the turnout in the nation’s capital rests around 500,000 people. I’m from the Chicagoland area, and organizers had expected about 50,000 participants, but the attendance numbers are around 250,000 people – 200,000 more than anticipated.

While the march in Lamoni was short and sweet, some cities had to expand their routes because of the large numbers of people walking in the streets.

I personally believe in peaceful protests. There was no violence. There was no property damage. Just a large amount of love populating American streets and streets worldwide.

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About Jenna Pitstick

Jenna Pitstick is a junior Theatre & Film and English double-major with an avid love for dogs, pancakes, and social justice. She is also co-president of Graceland’s Social Equality Alliance.

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