Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Women's March at De La Guerra Plaza on January 22, 2023 (Photo: Women's March Santa Barbara) title=
Women's March at De La Guerra Plaza on January 22, 2023 (Photo: Women's March Santa Barbara)
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By Lauren Bray, edhat staff

On the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, hundreds of people gathered on January 22 for the 7th annual Women's March.

Filling into De La Guerra Plaza in downtown Santa Barbara for a rally before the march, organizers discussed the Supreme Court overturning the landmark case providing women's healthcare and federally protected access to abortions, but stressed the issues are bigger than Roe itself.

Local organizers with "Women's March Santa Barbara" joined the nationwide movement to host a rally under the banner of "Bigger than Roe" stating the march is also for Transgender rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and social, racial, and gender equality. 

"We march for ourselves and everybody else. We need to show ourselves in one way or another to the rest of the community," said Women's March Santa Barbara organizer Michal Lynch.


Photo: Women's March Santa Barbara

Speakers ranged from California State Assembly members, Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees, representatives from local nonprofits such as the Pacific Pride Foundation and Planned Parenthood, and local leaders and educators.

"We must take action now, before more of our rights and the rights of our sisters in other states are taken away," said Paula Lopez, president of Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee. "Today, we put our politicians on notice. If you come for our families, if you come for our freedoms, if you come for our rights, you come for our future, and we are coming for your seat.”

There was also a performance by World Dance for Humanity and an array of booths from local groups such as The Fund for Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Women”s Political Committee, Society of Fearless Grandmothers, Santa Barbara Crafivists for Change, and Standing Together to End Sexual Assault,      

Organizers led the group for a march down State Street filled with chants and clever signs including, "I got 99 problems and white heteronormative patriarchy is all of them" and "Men with control issues should be in therapy, not the government."


Photo: Women's March Santa Barbara

On a national level, the Women’s March held about 200 events across the country, including its main march this year in Madison, Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood’s supporters are focused on the states, hosting rallies in state capitals and educational trainings aimed at reducing the stigma of abortion.

Vice President Kamala Harris has also pushed for national legislation to protect abortion rights and touched on it during a speech in Tallahassee, Florida on Sunday, a state that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. 

“We will continue to stand together in the fight to protect the freedom and liberty of all people, of all women everywhere,” said Vice President Harris. “Here now, on this 50th anniversary, let us resolve to make history and secure this right.”

The whole Santa Barbara event could possibly be summed up by a young girl marching with her family carrying a small sign that read, "The Future is Female."


Crowd gathering at De La Guerra Plaza for the Women's March on January 22, 2023 (Photo: Women's March Santa Barbara)

 

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GeneralTree Jan 25, 2023 10:36 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

People like VOR are frightened of true dialogue about race, sexuality and women's health issues. They would rather write it off or ignore it because it makes them feel too uncomfortable.

Voice of Reason Jan 25, 2023 10:33 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

As usual Sac, you're spinning my posts into something it's not to try and drum up controversy and create an argument. Actually, that is a good example of my original comments above regarding what the politicians and media do, so thank you.

Voice of Reason Jan 25, 2023 10:29 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

A lot of misinformation and flat out lies in that post GT. Besides, Dems have shown they have no issue taking state control over our bodies (like mandating vaccines that don't stop transmission as a condition of travel, employment, education, even to receive medical care has been proposed), contest and try and overturn fair elections (Russia Russia Russia), and ban books (specifically, both parties don't want certain books available in public school libraries, but to call that 'banning books' is false, they are still available for sale or in the actual public library).

sacjon Jan 25, 2023 10:29 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

I'm not owed, but I think every woman and LGBQT person here is owed an explanation as to why you maintain that abortion issues in the media are simply click bait and meant to "divide us." You're disgusting. Truly.

GeneralTree Jan 25, 2023 10:16 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Because in their insatiable pursuit of power and money our elected Repuglican leaders would rather take state control of the female body, attack the seat of democracy, overturn fair elections, and ban books.

Voice of Reason Jan 25, 2023 09:49 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

not that you're owed an explanation by any means, but the media profits when they get more clicks, likes, shares, views ,etc. They get more of those when they report on the sensational, the divisive, the horrific, the extreme - NOT the normal, the kind, the compassion, the unity. You know darn well what that media quote refers to, any sick and twisted misinterpretation of it is on you.

sacjon Jan 25, 2023 09:32 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

VOICE - yeah yeah, we're not talking about that comment. It's your 4:53 comment, the one that's not only in incredibly poor taste ("if it bleeds, it leads" in a story about abortion and women's rights), but also implies that articles about women's and LGBQT rights are valueless click bait. Retract it or explain it.

Voice of Reason Jan 24, 2023 11:01 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

I think what I was saying is clear, the people we’ve entrusted to address abortion rights on a federal level haven’t, even when opportunities arose. Instead they were more concerned about their political careers, how it would impact their next election, and how well it helps fund raising and engaging voters. That goes for both parties. One of many issues they’d rather keep fighting about rather than reach across the isle and address in way that’s best for their constituents.

ChillinGrillin Jan 24, 2023 08:58 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

VoR: I don't really understand what you're saying. Are you implying that the focus on abortion rights is some media gimmick? Try telling that to a woman who got assaulted and is now pregnant in the south. Or an underage girl who is a victim of incest. Or even just a young woman trying to focus on building a career and life but who now needs to become a mother because the govt is imposing their religious beliefs. You have the luxury to laugh it off, they don't. They are victims of the "big government" you constantly rant against. Are they also going to help these reluctant mothers? Are you or the other cons going to? NO. Get a clue, kook.

sacjon Jan 24, 2023 05:29 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Yeah, I didn't spin squat. You've repeatedly denied these types of legislation exist and your comment at 4:53 essentially calls this article clickbait, thereby demeaning it and devaluing its importance. Again, living in Fantasy Land.... or more likely, White Male Land where women's rights are just a frivolous nuisance. Gals being gals, amma right?

Remember the saying "if it bleeds it leads"? - and yeah, that's really classy given the context. Yep, what a guy!

sacjon Jan 24, 2023 05:07 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

VOICE - so you're saying the abortion ban bills never happened, huh? No legislation to ban teaching about LGBQT or trans issues? No legislation against gender neutral bathrooms, surgeries, etc? I'm jealous. Living in fantasy land nonstop must be so fun!

Voice of Reason Jan 24, 2023 04:53 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Because the "media" are FOR PROFIT corporations that care about one thing and one thing only.... PROFITS. What kind of stories do you think will garner more eyes, clicks, and likes.....? Remember the saying "if it bleeds it leads"? Same kind of idea.

Voice of Reason Jan 24, 2023 04:49 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Because in their insatiable pursuit of power and money our elected leaders would rather incite us against each other and use that divisiveness to extract our support for a given "cause" with no intention of actually addressing that "cause" in a meaningful way. Example 1) in 2009 Dems had control of the Senate, House and White House, yet didn't put forward the Freedom of Choice Act, something Obama supported during his campaign for President "The first thing I'd do, as president, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do". Once elected and with his party having the majority of both houses, the Freedom of Choice Act became “not the highest legislative priority.” (actual quote).

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