On Sunday, January 21st nearly 20,000 people came out to Sam Boyd Stadium to attend the Women’s March: “Power to the Polls” rally. The diverse audience made up of women, union members, people of color, LGBTQI people, immigrants gathered together in solidarity on the one-year anniversary of the inaugural Women’s March. The goal: build momentum going into the 2018 mid-term election cycle by registering 1 million people to vote and ensuring women’s issues are part of the national narrative.
The rally not only served as an outlet for feminists and voter registration, it also provided a platform for political and community leaders to speak out against racial, gender, and religious injustices as well as the current threat to DACA and TPS recipients. With Nevada’s record of electing female politicians over 30% of the state legislature is female, making the swing state the second highest in the country and the perfect location for the rally.
Speakers at the Women’s March included SEIU Executive Vice President, Luisa Blue. Luisa Blue has been involved in union work as an activist since 1977 and began her career with SEIU as an organizer in the healthcare sector. During her speech, she expressed her passion for working with the people and the important duty that unions have fighting for the rights of working people.
“We organize into unions for a voice, to be able to negotiate a contract so that you get fair wages, so that you have good working conditions, to be able to negotiate a contract so that you don’t face discrimination or sexual harassment and so that you can raise your voice without reprisal,“ said Blue. “If you believe, sisters, that we can make a difference, not only this year but in the years to come, then you stand with us. Today we Protest tomorrow we vote” said Blue.
Missed the event see photos here: http://bit.ly/2nf0ELw