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Hundreds attend 2018 Women’s March in Kings Beach

Hundreds of demonstrators turned out for the Women's March in Kings Beach on Saturday, Jan. 20.

More than 750 men, women and children took to the sidewalks of Kings Beach on Saturday, Jan. 20, to show support for the second annual Women’s March.

The demonstrators stretched a mile in length and made their way from the North Tahoe Events Center to the second roundabout, and back.

"A mile of marchers, men, women and children, came out in support of democratic values. We're gathering the national energy voting for access to affordable, high quality health care. We want action! We want meaningful legislation to secure CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) permanently, on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) can be solved in one clean vote on the DREAM Act,” said Theresa May Duggan, an organizer of the march and member of the Sisterhood of the Resistance.

“We want community health centers funded. We want champions for civil rights and for voting rights. We want gender equity, equal pay for equal work.”

Duggan went on to explain that she believes no one wants to eliminate the second amendment, but that they do want reasonable gun safety legislation as well as to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid by legislating their access to all.

The signs that march participants created for the event displayed positive messages of inclusion, reminding one another that children are watching and to be positive role models to our nation's youth.

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As they marched they chanted, “No hate, no fear, everyone is welcome here,” and “This is what democracy looks like.”

Moving forward, Duggan and her fellow organizers say their mission is to educate their neighbors so they can vote to protect their rights. One of their biggest motivators is encouraging more women to hold government positions.

"We are organized, we will mobilize and we will vote," she said.

Also, Tuesday, Jan. 23, marks the democratic congressional candidate debate at the North Tahoe Event Center, where guests can hear democratic candidates Regina Bateson, Roza Calderon and Jessica Morse discuss issues concerning the Lake Tahoe region.

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.