Utah Makes History on Opening Day of the 2017 Legislature

img_7267While millions marched in Washington the day after the presidential inauguration, Utah’s Legislature was gearing up for its 2017 session.  As the session opened ceremoniously on January 23rd, an estimated 6,000-10,000 Utahns took to the streets in a historical event to advocate for the rights of women, LGBTQ citizens, minorities, immigrants , clean air and affordable healthcare for all. Utah Legislature Watch interviewed two women who participated in the march.

“When we have stronger well supported women we have stronger society all together.” ~ Jessica Love

Here is what they had to say about their reasons for for their involvement:

 

 

The march culminated in the Captiol Rotunda, with every floor packed to capacity. The event gained worldwide attention and added to the millions of similar events world wide over the weekend.

Articles:

ABC4 Good4Utah – Thousands March to Utah State Capitol Monday

Daily Herald –Thousands in anti-Trump women’s march pack Utah Capitol

Fox 13 – The Utah State Legislature gets under way with record-breaking number of bills

KSL – Thousands in anti-Trump women’s march pack Utah Capitol

KUTV – Women’s march draws unprecedented numbers to state Capitol

New York Magazine – Thousands of Women Took Over the Utah State Capitol on Monday to Fight for Their Rights

Salon – A Women’s March in the heart of Mormon country: Meet the Utah protesters leading the resistance against Trump

Salt Lake Tribune – ‘We raised our voices here’: Massive women’s march headlines Utah Legislature’s opening day

 

 

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After a long hiatus, Utah Legislature Watch has returned!Utah Legislature Watch

The Utah Legislature is set to begin the 2017 session on January 23rd.  Please join Utah Legislature Watch as we write about legislative activities including bill tracking, rallies and events, and opinion on the state of politics in Utah – from a progressive point of view.

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