2020: A Year Of Action • Today We Dance, Tomorrow We Vote
An estimated 10,000 people converged downtown on Saturday, Jan. 18 for the fourth women’s march – an annual gathering in Denver and in cities and towns around the globe that was inspired by the election of President Donald Trump. The day after Trump’s 2017 inauguration, millions of women and their supporters, many wearing pink pussy hats, marched in solidarity and in protest against a president who was elected weeks after a videotape surfaced in which he bragged about his ability to sexually assault women without impunity.
Since 2017, the rallies and marches have evolved. In Denver this year, organizers put a spotlight on the need to turn out the vote in November. The day was filled with performance art, visual art, and a focus on equality and social justice. After the march, participants were encouraged to attend an expo at McNichols Building in Civic Center Park. There, they connected with some 54 nonprofit and community groups whose focus is on issues ranging from reproductive rights, climate change, gun safety, immigration, voter registration, domestic violence/sexual assault assistance resources, and arts activism. The overall theme was to urge people to vote as if their lives depend on it. Because it does.
Images from the day were captured by Denver photographer Julius Garrido, for the Greater Park Hill News.