by Herb Ryan
January 22, 2017
RAPID CITY, SD – It’s was a beautiful sight to see Saturday morning January 21, 2017 as 1,000 – 1,500 concerned citizens, women, children and men marched up 6th street, and placed a ” what I want for women” scarf on the statue of George Washington at the corner of 6th and St. Joseph streets. The march then continued back down 6th street, crossed Omaha street and a rally was held near the revolving stone in Memorial Park. This was a clear celebration by diverse groups of people who gathered to show overwhelming support for women’s rights and other issues.
March facilitator Dorothy ” Rowdy” Berwick said, “many of us were discouraged and are apprehensive about the future plans of the Trump administration”. We needed a way to show the community that there are many of us who believe in basic human rights for all. Berwick continued, “we will defend our rights if they are in jeopardy” this march is just a declaration that we should defend the rights of all people within our borders.
Wiyaka Hudson, a nurse at Regional Hospital said she was very worried about what is going to happen with the Affordable Care Act, Women’s Rights and the environment. ” My people are currently fighting the DAPL pipeline in North Dakota because of possible water contamination, and the Indian Health Service is another serious issue that needs to be resolved” she said.