Women march for empowerment in Loup City
LOUP CITY, Neb. —
Thousands of women across the United States took to the streets Saturday for the Annual Women's March.
Here at home, activists in Loup City joined them in their efforts.
Last year, Tamara Jonak and her sisters decided they wanted to go to Washington D.C. and join the Women's March, but when their plans got turned around, they ended up staying in Loup City holding and holding their own march.
They got enough people to join in and now its become an annual event.
"Women have been abused and neglected and nevertheless, you have persisted, and you are here today to remind people that you are not going anywhere, but you're going to get louder and get more organized, and take over," Brian Whitecalf, one of the event organizers, said.
Saturday, taking over the streets of Loup City for their second women's march.
"In a year's time, we haven't gone away. We still have issues that still need to be resolved,” Jonak said.
One year ago, millions of women flooded the streets of Washington D.C., protesting President Trump's inauguration. Since then, the March igniting a movement of women empowerment.
Jonak said last year's theme was ‘Equality for Everyone,’ while this year, it's the ‘Year of the Woman.'
"Just women's issues in general. Fairness, being heard, stopping all of the harassment that has become so prevalent," Jonak said.
Referring to the harassment that has brought sexually abused victims forward to spark the 'me too' campaign.
One of the marchers, Jo Beata, said she hopes this sends a message that lawmakers must hold abusers accountable.
"Well I'm hoping that it takes off, It keeps going. I've been sexually harassed personally, I don't want anyone else to have to deal with that,” Beata said. “So as long as we can all stick together and hold people accountable that'd be nice," she said
The march connects other causes, too.
"Women's issues and by extension LGBT issues are really important to me and my family," Beata said.
Another marcher, Yolanda Chavez- Nuncio, was there to encourage people to vote and show support for DACA.
"We think it's very important that the community are aware of the dreamers and of DACA and the implications of what's happening right now with DACA," Chavez- Nuncio said.
Jonak hopes the march that took place in a town of roughly a thousand, sends a larger message that transcends.
"People can get out there and have their voices heard. We're not just going to sit by and take whatever's given to us," she said.