Thousands flood Montpelier for Women’s March
MONTPELIER, Vt. -
Just one day after President Trump was sworn into office, protesters and civil rights advocates across the country joined the Women’s March to rally for equal rights.
Two hours before the Women’s March in Vermont’s Capital was scheduled to begin, crowds were already lining the sidewalks and parking lots at the Montpelier High School. A sea of pink surrounded the building.
“So many people here. The soccer field’s full, and downtown is full. I’ve never seen so many beautiful pink hats with ears and without ears, men and women wearing them. Lots of pink – a sea of pink – so lots of support,” said Nancy Sherman, from Montpelier.
The march in Vermont was one of hundreds being held across the nation in an effort to rally for equal rights one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Though many held signs in opposition to the new president, organizers say the rally was not meant to be a protest.
“We have power and strength in unity and love, and that will prevail. So don’t wring your hands and be in despair and be concerned, because we’re all gonna work on this together to get through this and make sure we get back on track to being the country that we’re proud of,” said Melinda Moulton, March Organizer.
Organizers say over 6,000 people originally signed up for the rally, but in the end, they suspect around at least 10,000 flooded the city.
“It’s perfectly natural, I mean when you consider what we elected, who represents us now, this was going to happen. This was inevitably going to happen when you alienate half the population of the United States, what else did you expect,” said Stephen Jurnack, from Burlington.
The massive crowd marched from the high school to the statehouse. Speakers took to the steps to address the crowd and discuss issues such as women’s rights, racial equality, and religious freedom. Sen. Bernie Sanders made a surprise appearance to fire up the crowd.
“We’re marching for women’s rights, and we’re marching for our collective human rights. It’s happening all across the country and all across the world today, and it’s looking to be like one of the most powerful days of global action in our history, and in Vermont, this is gonna be one of the largest rallies in the history of the state,” said Katie McCarty, March Organizer.
Marchers and organizers say they hope the event will be the start of a movement to inspire people across the country to stand together and defend their rights.