At least 120 feminists join the Women's March in Grand Forks

Kelly Davison shares what she is marching for.
Kelly Davison shares what she is marching for.

Organizers of the Women's March in Grand Forks are thrilled at the turnout, which is estimated at around 120 participants. 

"We had no idea what to expect," said Kelly Davison, a co-organizer of the event along with Shara Cooper.

The organizers only decided to plan the event a week before the Jan. 21 march. At first, they thought they would simply knit the now-familiar pink "pussyhat's" and wear them that day as a sign of solidarity for the women marching on Washington DC.

After a brief discussion, they put up a Facebook event and invited all their local friends, who then invited their friends and so on. From there, they approached the media and put up posters. 

Word got out quickly but Davison still wasn’t sure how many people would attend the event. However, when she arrived at Gyro Park on Saturday a crowd quickly started gathering. 

“People kept telling us they were very happy we had organized the event,” said Davison. 

Hot chocolate and coffee and the crowd socialized as it continued to grow. At 10 a.m., the event started with some speeches.

Ian Mitchell (a youth and family counsellor) Colleen Ross (a Grand Forks city councillor and NDP candidate) Samantha Mercer-White (Women’s Representative for the Boundary Métis Community Association) and Laura Savinkoff (Boundary Peace Initiative) all spoke at the event. After the speeches Mercer-White was joined by her mother for the “Warrior Women” song on their drums and other members of the crowd joined in either singing or drumming. 

From there, the participants marched on the sidewalk and through the downtown core, finishing at Gyro Park, where a smaller group chose to do another lap around town. 

On the event’s Facebook page, people commented on how positive the everything felt and the shared solidarity of being part of such a big movement. 

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The Grand Fork’s Women’s March was a sister march the main event in Washington DC, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The goal was to share solidarity over key issues like women and human rights, fighting discrimination and working together to build a positive future. 

Watch the march here

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