Web Exclusive: Women’s March 2018

An estimated 3,000 people gathered in Drake Park on January 20, 2018 for the second annual Central Oregon Women’s March. In this web exclusive Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed spoke with a few of those people who came out to protest and march.

The Women’s March started in January of last year, right after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. This year’s march came on the one year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration and like last year brought together millions of protestors across the country marching for a variety of issues.

In Bend protestors carried signs in support of women’s rights, including reproductive rights and equal pay. Many signs also nodded to the recent #MeToo movement, which has brought sexual assault and harassment into the public eye.

Protestors also held signs and chanted in support of immigrants, refugees and DACA recipients, known as Dreamers. The DACA program is still up for debate after a government shut down last week.

 

Peaceful Protest Over Future DACA Decision Takes Place in Bend

A battle over a spending bill to keep the federal government running could come down to a decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

An estimated 15,000 people marched on Capitol Hill Wednesday while hundreds, including two lawmakers, were arrested in a peaceful protest to demand that Congress pass a so-called clean Dream Act, as part of a proposed spending bill.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton reports on a local DACA rally that happened in Bend on Wednesday afternoon.

Representative Walden Protesters and Supporters Face Off

For the fifth straight week, a group of protesters held a rally outside of Representative Greg Walden’s office on Tuesday, demanding that he hold a town hall in Central Oregon.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there to speak to both protesters from Deschutes Democrats and Indivisible Bend and supporters from the Deschutes County Republican Party Tuesday morning.