Organizers prepare for round two of demonstration
In the days following the 2016 election, women and their allies across the country prepared for a nationwide march one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump. When Maria Boutell, a women’s rights advocate and resident of Santa Cruz, heard the hum of national preparations beginning, she knew she wanted to bring the Women’s March on Washington to Santa Cruz.
“I had reached out to a few people, wanting to just start immediately in my living room. […] I didn’t know what the heck I was doing or where it was going to go,” Boutell said. “[…] And it never made it to my living room because it caught wildfire.”
With about 18,000 marchers in Santa Cruz and a great deal of community support, the local Women’s March did catch fire. The surge of support remained strong and the march is back for a second time. Although it was originally intended to be a one-time event, in October 2017 local organizers’ phones began to fill up with inquiries about a 2018 Women’s March.
For the 2018 march, Cynthia Hawthorne, another leader of the Santa Cruz Women’s March organizing group, Nancy Abbey, longtime Santa Cruz activist, and Boutell didn’t shy away from the task of planning. They began making calls and rallying community members for the 2018 Women’s March, which will take place on Jan. 20, the approximate anniversary of last year’s.