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It Takes a Village 

Editor:

Thank you to the North Coast Journal for your coverage of the recent Women's March (From NCJ Daily, Jan. 25). Approximately 5,000 people gathered on Madaket Plaza for the Women's March in Eureka on Saturday, Jan. 20, joining 1 million concerned people who marched nationwide.

Many people came together quickly to make a local march a reality. We are grateful to the Humboldt Del Norte Central Labor Council for sponsoring the insurance and all those who raised $2,000 on GoFundMe!

We are thankful to Lisa Stephenson for opening our event to respect the ancestral Wiyot land, and to our great MC, Denise Ryles. We appreciate all those who spoke at the rally: Brandie Wilson of Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR), Vivian Deniston of SEIU Local 2015, Brenda Perez and Sanjuanita Medina of Centro del Pueblo, Tia Oros Peters of Seventh Generation Fund, Rhea McCoy and Danielle Vigil Matsen of Hupa, Paula Arrow-Smith Jones of Northcoast Rape Crisis Team, Gay Loo Gilchrist of Women in Black, Kelsey Reedy of Move to Amend, Pat Kanzler of Healthcare 4 All, Pastor Bethany Cseh of True North, Allen McCloskey of North Coast People's Alliance and the Raging Grannies for kicking off the march with protest songs!

We would like to thank Black Cap Medic Collective and HACHR for being our medics, HSU Theater Department for stage equipment, Tofu on sound, SEIU Local 2015 for logistical support, the city of Eureka and Eureka Police Department for assistance, Magic Communications for walkie-talkies and Broadway Medical for donating wheelchairs.

I am submitting this letter on behalf of all of the 2018 Eureka Women's March organizers: Tracy Katelman, Michele Pease Walford, Beth Wylie, Dani Burkhart, Rae Robison, Rick Cooper, Kerry Morgan, Pat Kanzler and Suzette Ott.

Allison Edrington, Fortuna

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