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Judy Salter speaks at Redding CA Women’s March on January 21, 2018

Democracy Now reports that “Hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets across the country on Saturday [January 20, 2018] to mark the first anniversary of last year’s historic Women’s March protesting President Trump’s inauguration.”

#PowerToThePolls was the National theme of this year’s Women’s March in Las Vegas, focused on getting out the female vote for the 2018 midterm elections. Thousands marched in Las Vegas and in Redding CA on Sunday, January 21, 2018 hundreds turned out in solidarity.

Although the turnout for the 2018 Redding March was undoubtedly stimulated by the ongoing alarming words and actions of President Trump, speaker Judy Salter emphasized that “this march is about equity, equality, justice, voting, being engaged, having a voice, truth, diversity and inclusion. It’s about principles and not partisanship… It is not a march of anger, but of love and joy.”

But many are wondering what happens next? How can both the rage and the positive enthusiasm be maintained and focused for real change? How can women and men be better organized to bring #PowerToThePolls?

One way is to attend the Wednesday, January 24, 2018 local chapter meeting of the ACLU at 7 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding, CA. Learn about local administration of justice from newly appointed Shasta County District Attorney, Stephanie Bridgett.

Another way to stay connected is to join Shasta Women Together. a closed Facebook group with nearly 500 members, originally formed as Shasta Women March in January 2017. The group is “open to any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights and acts kindly and with respect to others in this group.” Shasta Women Together is “a place where Redding-area women and supporters of women’s rights can come together for discussion of the issues we marched for: ending violence, reproductive rights, LGTBQIA rights, workers rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice.”

The official statement from the National organizers of the January 2017 March (altered for Sacramento, CA) is:

“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”

The real march is on election day! Grab Him by the Mid-terms.