Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

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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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sacjon Jan 24, 2023 04:08 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

It's so great to see so many out there doing this, but yet so sad it needs to be done at all. It's 2023. How are we still marching and rallying to protect the rights of women and other groups that have been disenfranchised by the right through religious and/or fear (hate) based legislation?

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).

Voice of Reason Jan 24, 2023 04:53 PM
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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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

GeneralTree Jan 25, 2023 10:40 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Oh here goes VOR - we triggered him over the top. As usual taking a discussion about sexuality or race and moving to his twisted view of virology and other typical what-about-isms to suit the agenda he came here to disrupt with. And you are wrong VOR - books are being removed from public libraries by your far-right network - and some public libraries being threatened to be shut down or not funded at all. They say they aren't for big government unless it is to control women's bodies or tell you what you can read and think about.

sacjon Jan 25, 2023 11:17 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

VOICE - you're not fooling anyone. What you wrote was clear as day, you even said so. Words matter. We all see what you wrote and what you mean by it. If you didn't mean what you wrote, you'd be explaining how we're all wrong about you. Instead, you resort to deflection once again. Pathetic.

biguglystick Jan 25, 2023 12:04 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

VOICE, you have no business commenting about projection when you support the worst most vitriolic hateful political party in the history of the U.S. Yes, when the far right tries to take away our basic body rights and our privacy between our sheets and our doctor's offices, we DO blame them. Get a grip.

Voice of Reason Jan 25, 2023 12:37 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

You're off the rails BigUgly and clearly have no idea who I support. My disgust and disappointment for politicians on many issues, including this one, has been bi-partisan. Unlike you GT and Sac who think Dems are perfect altruists and if only they had complete control then all these issues will be solved (while ignoring they've had complete control in CA for decades, and had complete control on the federal level the past two years, and many times in the past twenty).

sacjon Jan 25, 2023 12:54 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

"Sac who think Dems are perfect altruists" - lol nope, never said that. You're using your Voice-logic again. Just because I'm liberal and support things like a woman's right to choose, doesn't mean I think Dems are perfect, nor that they can solve the issues with complete control. You're just blabbering nonsense as you backpedal and turn tail on your repeated claim that abortion rights articles are just inflammatory click bait, pushed on us by a solely "profit driven" media. Never mind that more than half the people in this country are either women, LGBQT or both and that these issues are of VITAL importance to them and should be for all of us, straight while males included.

Voice of Reason Jan 25, 2023 04:04 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Absolutes and black/whites? Like how anyone here who dare critiques or questions the lefts "narrative" is automatically deemed a racist, MAGA loving, bigoted, far-right extremist?

sacjon Jan 25, 2023 04:11 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

"Like how anyone here who dare critiques or questions the lefts "narrative" is automatically deemed a racist, MAGA loving, bigoted, far-right extremist?" - That isn't what's happening here. Stay on topic. Plus, if that were true, I'd be calling myslef an extremist. No, when you defend anti-abortion regulation by minimalizing media coverage of marches such as these, THEN we call you what you are. A bigot. An extremist. A misogynist. Lie all you want, but your words tell us what you are.

Voice of Reason Jan 25, 2023 04:43 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Sac you're extrapolating my comments to something that isn't there and ignoring the words actually written. Case in point, the media comment was clearly not about the Edhat's coverage of the Women's March, Edhat isn't one of the for profit media corporations I speak, which you know, yet choose to ignore so you can continue arguing.

OGSB Jan 25, 2023 05:54 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Wow, You three are gross. I assume your comments represent your party, movement, or whatever—so much hate, intolerance of differing views, and just plain trolling. You should be embarrassed.

CoastWatch Jan 25, 2023 07:52 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Love the sign that says "Keep your laws off our bodies..." Applies to big Pharma and Government Injections too. You can't have it both ways... Abortion rights people must also be in favor of the Death Penalty for convicted murderers right...? You can't logically have it both ways....

sacjon Jan 25, 2023 11:45 AM
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COAST - whatabout whatabout whatabout and off topic, but funny you bring up the Death Penalty. Even funnier is you try to say Pro-Choice people should be pro-Death penalty? Weird and nonsense logic but OK. So, answer us this: why are so many of you "Pro-Life" people also Pro-Death Penalty? How do you rationalize that one?

CoastWatch Jan 25, 2023 12:24 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

@Sanctimonious SacJon- For one, you have no clue of my position on abortion, just so happens I am in favor of the right to choose with limits... No abortions after six months. YES, it is only logical that one who is pro-choice would also feel the death penalty should be carried out against the covicted worst humans among us... It's so convienent to pick and choose your morals eh....?

sacjon Jan 25, 2023 02:37 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

inCoherent Coast - Being pro-choice isn't being pro-death. Allowing women the right to get an abortion after rape or incest or when her life is at risk, is actually being pro-life - the "life" being the living, viable human mother. Funny thing is, I'm both pro-choice and pro-death penalty (under certain circumstances). I'm pretty conservative when it comes to violent crime, despite FONDOFSB and VOICE constantly saying I defend murderers and even "glorify crime."

Alexblue Jan 25, 2023 03:46 PM
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Coast--again you want everything to be either or.

I'm pro-choice and I support the death penalty--minus the fact that it is disproportionately applied in cases where the criminal is a POC/poor.

Yet again, your ridiculous and absolutist assumptions about "the other side" are wrong.

Alexblue Jan 25, 2023 10:34 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Is it 'beyond you" how a man can murder millions and millions of his helpless sperm every time he masturbates or uses a condom?

Are you against all forms of birth control?

Ahchooo Jan 25, 2023 10:52 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Rubaiyat, there are personal stories available, written by women who have chosen to have abortions. Some may appall you, but others may help you understand why a woman might choose to terminate a pregnancy. Look into it, if you wish to broaden your understanding.

biguglystick Jan 25, 2023 12:02 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

RUBE, it's really simple. Many of us don't want kids, do not have the means to start a family or have other more personal reasons for not wanting to keep a pregnancy. There are a million reasons why a woman would want to end a pregnancy. Her hopes and dreams for her own life, maybe a bad birth defect that runs in the family line, maybe she wants to finish college or she is with an abusive partner. EVERY reason is valid and NONE of the reasons have anything to do with you. Abortion should be accessible and legal EVERYWHERE.

biguglystick Jan 25, 2023 12:06 PM
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THANK YOU to every single person who came out to support women's reproductive rights. Its mind boggling cray-cray to me that we have to still fight this b.s. in 2023. If we don't have autonomy over our own bodies than we have NOTHING. Funny that the far right party of "freedom" is so eager to take away women's freedoms. UGH. ENOUGH ALREADY!!! Abortion is essential healthcare.

sacjon Jan 25, 2023 02:51 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

"This thread started off with a question by Sacjon: "How are we still marching and rallying to protect the rights of women and other groups that have been disenfranchised by the right through religious and/or fear (hate) based legislation?" Which I accurately answered in the very next post"" - 100% lie. You not once answered the question. You instead turned it around and blamed Obama, while at the same time maintaining that articles about women's rights and LGBQT rights are clickbait. You never once explained why the right is disenfranchising these groups.

All you've done here, once again, is deflect/whatabout, lie about the fact that you're doing it and then have the balls to sit here repeating that these articles are just meant to divide us, driven by some media conspiracy or some bs. Dude, you are 100% wrong in everything you say here today. Not an ounce of truth or honesty.

sacjon Jan 25, 2023 03:40 PM
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More deflection..... Let. Me. Help. You. Understand: Why. Are. We. Still. Marching. To. Protest. Legislation. From. The. Right. That. Hurts. Women. And. LGBQT. People?

I can't dumb it down any more for you.

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