Second Annual Casper Women’s March Set For Saturday
They will be seen, and heard, again.
"Because Wyoming is the reddest of the red states, we sometimes imagine that everyone who lives here thinks the same way, and the fact is, that isn't so," said Jane Ifland, a coordinator of the Casper women's march Saturday.
"This is an opportunity for those of us who disagree with the way the (Trump) administration took power, and what they're doing with that power, can come together, see each other, recognize that it's not just one of us sitting in our kitchens going, 'oh my God, oh my God,'" Ifland said.
"There are a whole bunch of us who are deeply concerned about what we see on the national level," she said.
The "bunch of us" are concerned about the consistent stream of untruthful statements from the White House, the attacked on disadvantaged and marginalized people, the fate of public lands, the pointless provocations of other countries, the Republican Party's dominance in Wyoming that results in other ideas not being heard, and the disrespect for women, Ifland said.
The latter issue, which persists, sparked the success of last year's march, she said.
A year ago, 750 people -- the event was not limited to women -- participated in the march.
However, that January event was chilly and clear.
Ifland said a major storm probably will affect this year's event.
Participants will gather at Second and Beech streets at 12:45 p.m. and begin walking at 1 p.m. west to the Lyric, 230 W. Yellowstone, where they will conduct a rally. People don't have to march; they can just go to the Lyric, Ifland said.
Organizations will have tables with information about their causes, and the participants will offer light refreshments, she said.
The rally will feature speakers Shoshoni Rose Arthur, R.C. Johnson, and Gary Trauner, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, and probably herself, Ifland said. There also will be an open microphone for others to speak.
For more information, visit the Women's March Casper 2018 Facebook page.