Asm. Kamlager-Dove Featured Speaker at the 2019 Sacramento Women's March

Saturday, January 19, 2019


Women and men of different backgrounds and ages returned to the state Capitol for the annual Women's March on Saturday.

Led by the Double X Brass Band, an all-female ensemble, thousands made the walk from Southside Park to the west steps of the Capitol, including band leader Alicia Hall, a member of the LGBTQ community.

"The more I look at the world, the more I realize they're trying to shut out our space, and we need to make room. Like, it's one of those where we're trying to make room for ourselves so we can unapologetically be ourselves," she said.

Angelica Sanchez marched with her two daughters.

"It's protecting my daughters. It's for my transgender friends, my daughters' transgender friends. It's to protect their body," she said while holding a sign that read "Brown is Beautiful." "It's just teaching my girls that, you know, our bodies belong to us. Nobody's going to stop us."

Like Sanchez, Kayla Morris brought her daughter, 3-month-old Harlow.

"I now have a daughter. She's 3 months old, and I want her to grow up to be a strong woman, know her rights, know she's equal to men," said Morris.

Stefanie Durant and her husband, Patrick, brought their sons to the march. Durant said their participation is part of an effort to raise better men.

"We also want our boys to grow up to be better men, better than what is out there now," she said. "We want our boys to respect women and know that women are strong."

The Women's March returned this year amid controversy on the national stage.

In November, Teresa Shook, one of the movement's founders, accused the four main leaders of the national march organization of anti-Semitism. The accusation was leveled at two primary leaders: Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American who has criticized Israeli policy, and Tamika Mallory, who has maintained an association with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Shook, a retired lawyer from Hawaii, has been credited with sparking the movement by creating a Facebook event that went viral and snowballed into the massive protest on Jan. 21, 2017. In a Facebook post, she claimed Sarsour and Mallory, along with fellow organizers Bob Bland and Carmen Perez, had "steered the Movement away from its true course" and called for all four to step down.

The four march organizers have denied the charge, but Sarsour has publicly expressed regret that they were not "faster and clearer in helping people understand our values."

In Sacramento, the march faced resistance, too, including from Black Lives Matter Sacramento.

"Black Lives Matter Sacramento is not supporting the Women's March 2019. This organization that is not based in Sacramento, travels to us annually and profits from folks that show up in support," the group wrote in part on Facebook. "We have never been included and this march has never been inclusive of Black women. This year they picked the MLK jr (sic) weekend to occupy space in Sacramento."

Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove, D-Los Angeles, was one of the featured speakers at the event. She said women of all backgrounds must join together to fight for equality.

"It's important that as women, women from all stripes, of all shades, of all backgrounds are continuing to stand up and talk about the inequities and the inequalities that women continue to face," she said.