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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Babycakes Jan 25, 2023 04:09 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

SacJon: Please allow others to have a different opinion and point of view. I won't say that you are incorrect, but your comments/reactions quite often are confusing to some of us reading them. Many of your comments include questions, which require responses. You ask for "proof" when someone provides an opinion. You ask for clarifications. You even once said you wanted to know the ZIP codes of those who responded unfavorably toward your "position" on something insignificant to most others. When you don't like a response, you double-down by name-calling or worse.

Life is simple if you just let other people have their own thoughts, opinions, point of view. If someone wants to eat KFC with ice cream, donuts, and chocolate bars....don't worry about it....leave it alone. Some of us do not have that long to live, so we just want to live how we want to live.....not how someone else thinks we should live.

Alexblue Jan 25, 2023 08:00 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

Babycakes, exactly how is SacJon or anyone else able to disallow others' having or expressing opinions on this site?

Oh, not at all?

Be honest, you just don't agree with his politics, stop pretending like you're coming from some sort of freedom of speech or live and let live position--you aren't.

sacjon Jan 26, 2023 09:36 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

BABY - I've never told anyone they can't have a different opinion here. I'm simply asking, ad nauseum, for VOICE to respond to my very simple question (not on my if you can't comprehend it). I'm not bashing anyone's opinion, other saying it's pretty messed up to suggest any media coverage of women and LGBQT rights is merely click bait. Do you agree?

Here's my simple question, again. See if you can help. VOICE refuses to. - Why are we still having to protest legislation by the Right that attacks and attempts to degrade the rights of women and the LGBQT community? I didn't ask why Roe v Wade wasn't more protected, I asked about legislation from the Right that is targeting women and LGBQT members.

THAT is my question. VOICE blamed Obama and then called it click bait. How is that an answer? It's not. It's not that I "don't like the response," it's that it was pure deflection and avoidance followed by repeated condescension.

NOTE: my question about ZIP codes was rhetorical and I never "demanded" a response.

So yeah, go ahead and defend VOICE all you want. You've missed the point here, clearly. I don't give a rat's behind if you eat KFC with chocolate. Why do you and your ilk care so much about who people sleep with or dress as or do with their own bodies when their life or future is at risk? You righty's keep saying your the holier than thou "let everyone do what they want" party, yet your the ONLY ones constantly defending legislation aimed at STOPPING people from doing what they want, or more accurately, need to do.

Babycakes Jan 26, 2023 10:00 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

SacJon: There's not enough time in a day, or lifetime for that matter, to provide answers to all of the questions put forward. At some point one would have to realize that when they ask/ask/ask "ad nauseum" and do not receive the answer they want, that it's time to....stop? quit? move on? give in? When one discovers and admits that it is "exhausting" to correct, point out, disagree, and so on, maybe....give it a rest? change the subject? be the "adult" in the room? Maybe think about cutting down on the volume of responses (most would agree that making 30% of the total comments would constitute a "takeover").

Anyway, it's great to have you on this board, and certainly no one (NO ONE) wants to silence your voice!

SBsurferlife Jan 26, 2023 10:41 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

What's funny to me is the commenters on either side of the political aisle are blaming one another for the same things. It's hard for me to take what you say seriously Baby given what you've posted on this forum. This is a community website designed for dialogue and discussion. We're all allowed to have our opinions, and others are allowed to have their response to those opinions, and so on and so on. So complaining that someone had a response you didn't like is moot. Jon is not in charge of edhat, he's not the one who "allows" other opinions, he's merely responding to them. Just as you, and voice, and Alex, and basic, and all the other "loud voices" on edhat.

sacjon Jan 26, 2023 10:56 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

BABY - You're right. I too often allow VOICE to drag me into an endless back and forth. I've yet get an answer to any question posed to him at any time in the history of this website, so yes, my bad for not being the adult.

I look forward to you giving him the same lecture. It's definitely not a 1 way street here.

sacjon Jan 26, 2023 11:02 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

"did not receive the answer they want" - Lol. No. That's like me asking, "What time is it?" and then someone responding, "Obama doesn't like day light savings." That's not an "answer" to the question. So, how can I "not like the answer" when the response isn't related to the question?

sacjon Jan 26, 2023 11:15 AM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

"Many of your comments include questions, which require responses. You ask for "proof" when someone provides an opinion. You ask for clarifications. " - Yup, that's how a dialogue/argument/discussion/debate works.

If you put forth a claim as fact, I expect (as any grown adult would) you to provide some evidence backing that claim. If we devolve into simply blabbering out statements as "facts," then what's the purpose of having comments? That's what separates us from Facebook or other word vacuums. I love Edhat for this reason - it's a group of (generally) mature and intelligent adults engaging in discussions and yes, sometimes arguments. It's a forum for those who wish to keep wits sharp, learn new things, discuss relevant local issues and even national/global issue when appropriate. Why should we be satisfied with baseless statements being tossed around without accountability? There's plenty of places for that on the internet, but not here.

Alexblue Jan 26, 2023 03:44 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

SacJon, you’re more optimistic than I. I just come here for two things—fire updates when there are fires and to talk sh—I mean talk “trash” to self righteous morons. There’s almost zero real debate here, I gave up on that a while ago.

sacjon Jan 26, 2023 04:03 PM
Hundreds Join Women's March in Downtown Santa Barbara

ALEX - I agree it's hopeless with some here, but I try to hold out hope for others like CHIP, who can actually have a discussion without running away or deflecting. Voice is getting closer each day to the hopeless group though.

Honestly, I know I comment a LOT here and I get plenty of crap for doing so, but for me, it's a way to keep my mind alert as I'm getting older. I actually enjoy researching issues I didn't know about and going back and forth, to an extent. The constant "hate, insults and condescension" spewed from many here though, becomes exhausting. Funny thing is, despite the repeated claims that only us lefties do it, it goes both ways. FOND, COAST, SBLOCAL, all are proficient at proving that claim false on a daily basis.


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