January 23, 2017

A look at Women’s Marches from across NM

Andy Lyman

Thousands of New Mexicans took part in the Women’s March this Saturday. Some traveled to the massive march Washington D.C., while others stayed closer to home and participated in marches and rallies in cities throughout the state.

According to Vox, the rallies may have added up to be the largest demonstration in U.S. history.

Democratic members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation marched in Washington D.C., the day after they each attended the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

According to one calculation, New Mexico had the 10th-most people per 1,000 residents attend the rallies.

Saturday, we posted photos from the Albuquerque rally where thousands, many with pink hats, filled Civic Plaza.

At the same time, thousands gathered in Santa Fe on a cold day. The New Mexican estimated anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 marched “from the Bataan Memorial Building on Galisteo Street toward the Plaza and then to the state Capitol.”

Included were Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and state Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe Reporter got a crowd shot from above.

It was also cold in Las Cruces, where the Las Cruces Sun-News estimated more than 1,500 “braved Saturday’s cold gusty winds” to take part.

The marchers included mostly Las Crucens, but there were participants from Alamogordo, Cloudcroft and Ruidoso who came to be a part of Unified Community Action, a march in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington. The Las Cruces event, and other like it across the U.S., were political rallies to promote women’s rights, immigration reform and gay rights, and to address racial inequities, worker’s issues, and environmental issues.

Other, much smaller, marches took place throughout the state.

For example, in Taos:

And in Portales:

And in Truth or Consequences:

The smallest, according to a crowd-sourced count, was Gila, NM with a one-person protest.