Organizer of the event Ksenya Plumb addressed the group before the march began to make it clear that it was not an anti-Trump event, but an opportunity for everyone to express themselves following recent political events.
Plumb led the group from the SUU Bell Tower to Center Street, then south on 800 West to 200 South and ended at the Gerald R. Sherratt Library on SUU campus.
Jason Kaiser said he joined the march because he wanted to show support.
“I think it’s important that everyone sees there’s a group of people that cares about everyone regardless of their own personal views or beliefs,” Kaiser said. “We’re all in this together.”
Jodi Brewer said that she takes advantage of any opportunity to show support for Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act.
“Without them (Planned Parenthood) I would be dead right now,” Brewer said. “Without the Affordable Care Act I would be dead right now.”
The march ended at the Business Quad in front of the library, and participants were invited to speak about their hopes for the future.
Justin Douglas, an SUU student, expressed his hope for seeing positive change start to happen.
“I believe that people in our generation really need to show their support and show that they’re mindful of these issues,” Douglas said. “I think that so often in society today we see problems but we don’t acknowledge them, and by acknowledging these problems … that’s where we can see real progress.”
Nicholas Piedmont, an SUU student in the aviation program, voiced that he was a Trump supporter and said he joined the march to see if it was really as inclusive as it claimed to be.
“I found that compared to other things I’ve gone to, this was probably the one that didn’t judge me,” Piedmont said.
Plumb, President of the Human Rights Advocates Club at SUU and organizer of the event, said she organized this march so that people could have an outlet for their feelings following the Presidential Inauguration, regardless of what those feelings are, and said the event went well.
Plumb also said she hopes that anyone who witnessed the march can see that people can come together.
“The last year and a half or two years has been really divisive in our country,” Plumb. “We have to come together and support him (Donald Trump) and do what we can to hope that things will become less divisive.”