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Women's March on Idaho Anniversary Rally Slated for Sunday, Jan. 21

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Jan. 21, 2017 - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Jan. 21, 2017
One day following the Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration of President Donald Trump, nearly 6,000 people overflowed the steps of the Idaho Statehouse as part of the Women's March on Idaho. Days before the 2017 event, organizers Nora Harren and Colette Raptosh, a pair of local high school students, admitted they were nervous and unsure whether anyone would come to the march, especially considering the forecast called for snow and sub-freezing temperatures that day. But their fears proved to be groundless: The march was one of the largest Statehouse demonstrations in recent memory.

Nora Harren (left) and Colette Raptosh (right). - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • Nora Harren (left) and Colette Raptosh (right).
Organizers don't expect as many people at the Women's March on Idaho Anniversary Rally that will take place this Sunday, Jan. 21, again at the Idaho Statehouse, but they still hope for a robust showing. The event, slated to begin at 10 a.m., will include performances and speeches from representatives from the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Planned Parenthood and several others advocating for healthcare reform, racial and gender equity, immigration reform and reproductive rights. Similar one-year anniversary women's rallies have been planned for communities across Idaho.

Meanwhile, organizers have published a new coffee table book capturing images from the inaugural Boise march in 2017, with all proceeds going to the Women's and Children's Alliance.