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Indigenous Sisters Resistance Leads Women's March in Seattle

The City of Seattle was one of more than 600 municipalities to join the Women's March on Saturday, January 21 and the Indigenous Sisters Resistance led the procession.
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The Seattle Women's March was one of more than 600 sister events to the Women's March on Washington that took place on Saturday, January 21, and the Indigenous Sisters Resistance led the procession of more than 100,000 protesters.

Hundreds of American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations women led the 3.6-mile march from Judkins Park to the Space Needle. Organizers asked the marchers to protest in silence, but the indigenous women sang, drummed and danced the entire march route.

“Here’s how big Saturday’s women’s march in Seattle was: The front reached Seattle Center (the end) before the back had left Judkins Park (the start),” reported KUOW.

A article and other news sources have speculated that while Seattle has a long history of protests, the Women's March may have been the largest the city has hosted.

According to The Seattle Times, organizers expected about 50,000 people would show up, and final estimates say anywhere from 100,000 to 140,000 people came to show their opposition to President Donald Trump. The crowd at the Seattle Women's March was so large, people trying to leave Judkins Park, where the event started, had to wait almost an hour before marching forward, The SeattleTimes reported.

Protester Minerva Humphrie was there and thinks the march brought people of all races together. “Trump has galvanized everybody,” she told The SeattleTimes.

Marchers weren’t the only ones at 20th and Jackson streets around noon during the protest. The SeattleTimes reported two bald eagles circling overhead.

The Associated Press reported that the Women's March on Washington drew some 500,000 people and when asked what motivated them to march, 61 percent said women’s rights.

Which, is where this Women’s March began—with a guiding vision released by the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington. It notes that they “believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. This is the basic and original tenet from which all our values stem.”

That document also named a number of revolutionary women leaders who paved the way for this Women's March, including Native and indigenous women leaders like LaDonna Harris, Winona LaDuke, Wilma Mankiller, and Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores. The document also discusses the importance of gender, racial and economic justice.

“We must create a society in which all women—including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women—are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments,” it says.

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