By William Woody

GRAND JUNCTION — More than one thousand women from across the Western Slope descended on downtown Grand Junction Saturday to participate in the national and global protest of President Donald Trump amidst signals from congressional Republicans that health care access for women could be restricted.

The Woman’s March grew into the millions world-wide Saturday with protests in 600 cities across the globe — one day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation’s 45th President.

Women from Montrose were among those attending marches in Grand Junction, Denver and Washington D.C. — the epicenter of the movement. Saturday’s march is the largest protest of Donald Trump since he began his bid for the United States presidency. The Grand Junction march was the largest on the Western Slope.

Montrose resident Sara Anders Rinne attended the Women’s March in Washington D.C. Saturday. She sat down with the Montrose Mirror days before her departure Friday.

“His rhetoric,” she said of President Trump. “The way he is normalizing hateful, bigoted, misogynistic thoughts and tendencies. And if there has ever been a more important time to stand up, this seemed like the time to do that.


Sara Anders Rinne photographed in Montrose before traveling to Washington D.C.

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Saturday’s Womens March in D.C. (Photos courtesy Sara Anders Rinne)

Anders Rinne was a Colorado state delegate in 2016 representing Montrose County Democrats.

D.C. officials confirmed late Saturday afternoon that nearly half-million had gathered in areas around the U.S. Capitol. That unofficial number, is more than the total of people who gathered for Trump’s inauguration the day before. With American flags still hanging on the Capitol building from Trump’s inauguration, eyes Saturday turned to Trump and Republicans and their plans for health care — in particular — woman’s health care.

“His presidency is going to have more impact on me and my family, then anything that has ever happened before,” Anders Rinne said. “His policies and priorities are going to be challenged. Remember, 65-million people in this country didn’t vote for him.

A bad cellular network prevented an interview with Anders Rinne from D.C. Saturday. However, she later posted on social media that the march was “peaceful, inspirational, emotional, powerful!”

The Grand Junction march began at about 12:50 p.m. in the parking lot of the former R-5 school and traveled about a mile along Main Street to the Two Rivers Convention Center.

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The Womens March in Grand Junction. (Photos by William Woody)

Under light rain, women in pink were joined by men and children holding sings as the march drew pictures and applause curious onlookers.

“I am here in support of this amazing national movement and here to stand up for women rights and the rights of all Americans,” Gail Houseweart of Hotchkiss said.

After songs and speeches of activism the march disputed just after 2 p.m. after about 70 minutes. Along with women’ right, issues of free speech, public lands, freedom of the press and cuts to education were also voiced.

To search social media for posts from Saturday’s Grand Junction march use hashtags: #WomensMarchGJ #WomensMarch

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(Courtesy photo)