Women's March Cleveland's January 21, 2023 6th anniversary and Roe v Wade march draws hundreds as activists boo Donald Trump and announce support of a ballot initiative for abortion by Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights.....By Clevelandurbannews.com and Women's March Cleveland organizer Kathy Wray Coleman
CLEVELAND, Ohio- Hundreds attended Women's March Cleveland's sixth anniversary rally and march on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 at Market Square Park in the city's Ohio City neighborhood, a sister march to marches in cities nationwide that day and an event that also celebrated the 50th anniversary of Roe v Wade, which is today.
"Thanks to all who heped to make Saturday's event in Cleveland a success," said Women's March Cleveland head organizer Kathy Wray Coleman, who added that "activists will picket if the doctors of Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights are harassed by the media or people against reproductive freedoms for women for pushing an abortion ballot initiative."
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The rally lasted for about an hour where participants booed former president Donald Trump, a Republican who lost reelection to current Democratic President Joe Biden and is a 2024 presidential candidate. It was followed by a march.
"Boo" chanted activists when organizers explained that women's march groups were formed around the country six years ago in response to his misogynist and anti-female rhetoric during the 2016 presidential campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton and that Trump wants to be president again. They also cheered on the new group Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights after one of its founders, Dr Lauren Beene, spoke flanked by fellow doctors and said that her group is leading a ballot initiative to enshrine the legal right to abortion in the Ohio Constitution.
In addition to Dr Beene, other keynote speakers were state Sen. Nickie Antonio, state Rep Juanita Brent, Cleveland Councilman Joe Jones, City of Cleveland Community Relations Board Director Angela Shute-Woodson, activists Genevieve Mitchell, Elaine Gohlstin, Alfred Porter Jr., Maosha Maybach, and Laura Cowan, East Cleveland School Board President Dr. Mary Rice and Red, Wine and Blue CEO Katie Paris. A transgender student and University Hts Cleveland Hts student activist also spoke, coupled with presentations by Black on Black Crime Inc and Stand Up 4 Abortion Rights.
Alfred Porter Jr., whose Black on Black Crime group also fights for Black women women, called out the names of the 11 Black women murder on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland by serialkiller Sowell and Katie Paris, whose group Red, Wine and Blue helped Women's March organize Saturday's event, said that her group knows the importance of standing with Black women as Cleveland is a largely Black city and Antonio and Brent urged activists to keep up the fight for women and to support the doctors relative to the abortion ballot initiative. And Dr. Rice, a retired Cleveland schools princpal, expressed support for President Biden's college student loan forgiveness program, which is on hold and awaiting review by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Rev Benjamin Gohlstin of the United Pastors in Mission was also a speaker and he told the women during his speech that Black men are still marginalized and that until Blacks secure the unfettered right to vote the Democratic process remains questionable.
Saturday's event follows Women's March Cleveland's rally and march at Market Square Park in October of 2021 for reproductive rights that drew roughly 2,500 people. Issues raised ay the event include abortion access, voting and Civil Rights, and violence against women.
The Supreme Court, on June 24, 2022, overturned Roe v Wade and relegated the authority to either restrict or outright outlaw abortion to the respective state legislatures nationwide.
Women's March Cleveland enlisted a coalition of other activist and women's rights groups of greater Cleveland for the event, including Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights, Laura Cowan Foundation, Red, Wine and Blue, Black Women's PAC of Ohio, Carl Stokes Brigade, Black Women's Army, Greater Cleveland Alliance of Black School Educators, League of Women Voters East Cleveland Chapter, Journey Center for Safety and Healing ( Domestic Violence Center in Cleveland) Cuyahoga Democratic Women's Caucus, Black on Black Crime Inc. and Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights.
Women's March Cleveland is a grassroots women's rights group comprised primarily of greater Cleveland activist women that first established in 2017 when thousands of women in Cleveland and millions as a whole in sister cities nationwide marched in the streets in their respective cities following then president Donald Trump's inauguration. It was one of the largest single day marches in American history, Women's March Cleveland has over 4,600 members and in addition to an anniversary march in January of each years it hosts intermittent marches, many of them sister marches with other cities on women's rights. The issues the group fights for, practically all of them public policy matters impacting women, also include poverty, excessive force, and the nation's intrinsically racist legal system.
But reproductive rights have also become a central premise of the organization, along with rape, murder and other heinous violence against women in the largely Black major American city of Cleveland, a disproportionate number of the victims Black, Hispanic, and poor. Women's rights remain under attack in Ohio and elsewhere, Women’s March Cleveland organizers said.
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