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Front Page News! Newport News Times, Wednesday, January 25, 2017

NEWPORT JOINS MILLIONS

BY GLORIA TUCKER   Of the News-Times

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Honks resounded and traffic crawled as about 1,600 people in pink hats, and carrying signs and flags crowded Newport City Hall on Saturday, Jan. 21.  

The men, women and children at city hall joined millions of people across the United States who assembled to support the Women’s March on Washington, D.C.   Throughout the morning, Newport Community Drum Circle performed on the front steps of the city hall as marchers arrived. Despite cold wind and rain, the march began at noon down Highway 101 to the Hallmark Resort where a rally and speeches followed.  

Tables for advocacy groups set up in the hotel’s lower lobby provided more information on issues and encouraged enrollment.  

“Our local march identified three specific things we want to focus our intentions on — protecting the environment, protecting civil rights and protecting vulnerable communities,” organizer Trina Kosydar said. “It’s important to know that everyone is marching with their own intentions, though.”  

Kosydar said separating the march from President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday is impossible.  

“This is not an anti-Trump march, this is a pro-women march,” she emphasized. “But there are a lot of feelings (that) are mixed in there.”  

Rally emcee Franki Trujillo-Dalbey said the local march was conceived weeks earlier when people talked about taking buses to Portland to join the march in the city.  

“We said we need to have a local presence,” she said. “We need to show everyone in Lincoln County we are stronger together, and we’re not going to take it anymore.”   Organizations involved in creating the march were the Central Oregon Branch of the National Organization of Women (NOW), the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Lincoln County, the Diversity Coalition of Lincoln County and the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee.  

Protesters carrying large, cardboard replicas of President Donald Trump walk toward the Hallmark Resort in Newport during the Stronger Together March on Saturday, Jan. 21. (Photo by Nathan Howard)

“We’re hoping to bring some unity to this community and show people that they are not alone,” Kosydar said, “that there is a like-minded group of folks out there, that women are strong and fi erce, and that together we can do anything.”   Marchers Mickie Lindquist and Gaelyn Matthews said they joined because they want to support women’s rights.  

“We hope Trump listens,” Matthews added.   Trujillo-Dalbey said she participated for personal reasons.   “I’m a second generation Latina,” she said. “My family has lived in Toledo for nearly 100 years. We’re one of the fi rst Latino families in Oregon. The most recent numbers say there’s about 9 percent of Latinos in Lincoln County.”  

Trujillo-Dalbey said from the beginning of Trump’s campaign, she felt attacked.   “He called us rapists, murderers and drug dealers, violent and lazy,” she said. “The pain I feel for fellow Latinos and the fear I feel personally has been real, but not as real as it is for my undocumented brothers and sisters. As a nasty woman, I’ve been assaulted by his words and actions.”  

Trujillo-Dalbey said she feels like the gains made in the past are in danger.  

“This isn’t just about Latinos,” she said. “It’s about every person on an equal opportunity list, whether you’re a senior citizen in danger of losing Medicare or a child in danger of losing public school. (My family) talked seriously about leaving the country, but the more we met with people in our local community, the more I realize how much support there is for making change and preserving rights. We decided to stay.”  

She said watching the local march and all the other marches has been empowering.  

“I do have a sense of renewed hope,” she said. “We are stronger together today. We are stronger together. We can fight back. We can take back our democracy, decency and common humanity.”  

Kosydar said the community enthusiasm has inspired her as well.  

“People have been giving us private donations, which has helped us cover the venue costs and the cost of signs,” she said. “The Newport Police Department has been beautiful working with us. City hall and the chamber of commerce have worked with us too. It’s just been a real community event.”  

At the rally, Jenn Burleton, director of TransActive Gender Center in Portland, gave the keynote speech.   Burleton spoke about the center, its need for support and how to go forward in activism.  

TransActive provides education and training to schools, health care providers and professional and community organizations that engage with families and children, according to its website.  

In addition to education, TransActive created a model framework for communitybased counseling, assessment and medical referral program focused on the needs of gender diverse and transgender children, youths, their families and allies.  

Other rally speakers included Ineka Estabrook, PFLAG chair, Lisa Gray, Lincoln County Diversity Committee, Joanne Cvar, Oregon Rural Organizing Project, Omar Antonio, Centro de Ayuda, Maria Krause, Lincoln County Community Rights, Toledo Mayor Billie Jo Smith and state Rep. David Gomberg (D-10th Dist.) “After the rally, I hope people will take this momentum to local businesses, get a coffee or a beer and keep talking,” Kosydar added. “I want this to continue.”  

Contact reporter Gloria Tucker at 541-265-857 1, ext. 217 or gtucker@newportnewstimes.com

Protesters carrying large, cardboard replicas of President Donald Trump walk toward the Hallmark Resort in Newport during the Stronger Together March on Saturday, Jan. 21. (Photo by Nathan Howard)

WE ARE MAKING A COMMITMENT

Rhonda Harman, Viewpoint, Jan. 27, 2017 Newport News Times

Welcome to our Stronger Together March in solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and hundreds of sister marches across the country and six global nations. Many of you know me. My name is Rhonda Harman. I hitchhiked from Portland over 40 years ago to stay and love this community in Newport. I am one of 13 amazing women who have worked hard to build this grass roots coalition march today. We belong to each other. Thank you for coming.  

All are welcome to this march. You are not alone. We are stronger together. We are the majority.  

This is our community, our country, where we pledge to honor and respect all people. We will protect our civil rights. We will protect all vulnerable people. We will protect our Mother Earth that is to be inherited by our children.  

You are not alone. Come as you are, however you are. We are all excited to be here today. This is where we ignite being stronger together. This is where we take action.  

The surreal reality is we are in mourning. We are grieving. Remember, grief is a process through many cycles. Be aware. We will get angry, frustrated and saddened at times. Do not let all this make you sick. Do not let this state of uncertainty make you stay home inactive. You will feel better because we will stick together and help each other through these tough times ahead. Every day, choose to go to your quiet place with your higher power. Empower yourself. Consider a yoga group. Find your mantra. Then, let your emotions fuel your energy to act. You will feel so much better.  

Join one of our groups here today. Contact the Lincoln County Democratic Committee, or National Organization for Women or NOW, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG. Any of these established organizations will help you find your niche in one of many established Lincoln County action teams. There are so many opportunities to serve.   Again, this is a peaceful march; do not let emotions drag you into physical harm. Be very respectful of each other. Be in your own skin, and with each step, contact Mother Earth with your feet. Let us focus our energy and be in the moment with ourselves and each other. When you do get emotional, find your peace. Go to your quiet place in prayer or meditation, develop a mantra. We are one body. We need each other like the foot can’t walk without the leg, and the hand that feeds you cannot do it without the arm.  

We are all here so that we will be there in times of both gratitude and struggles. We are guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equality and justice for all.  

We are making a commitment to each other and our country today to show up, speak up and stand up because we are stronger together.  

Rhonda Harman was one of 13 organizers for the Stronger Together March, held Jan. 21 in Newport. She resides in Newport.

(Editor’s note: Due to technical difficulties during the Jan. 21 Stronger Together March in Newport, not all of those attending were able to hear the opening remarks given by one of the organizers, Rhonda Harman, from the steps of Newport City Hall. Her remarks are printed below.)

Newport News Times, January 21, 2017, A6

FAITH IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE

By H.J. Holen   Newport

Leaving JC Market in Newport on Jan. 21, I noticed a very young woman waiting with her sign. She had been part of the peaceful march.  

I remembered when President Obama expressed his faith in the young people of the country, and here was one of them.  

I felt so proud of her, and of all the other participants.

Letters to the Editor, Newport News Times, January 27, 2017, A6

NUMBER OF MARCHERS TOTALED 1,600

By Brenda Willis, Toledo

On Jan. 21, I stood outside the Hallmark Resort, after counting o250 marchers who had arrived first in the Stronger Together March in Newport. I raised my hands and voice to stop anyone else from entering. I yelled and the crowd repeated my words. It was the only way to be heard outside in Oregon’s wind.

“We have a delightful problem.” Repeat. “There are 1,600 marchers” Cheers and repeat. “The Hallmark Resort is a great partner with us, and only 250 can be inside at any one time.”  

I say thank you to the marchers who were the stardust blessing Newport and each other on that day. You cheered when we sent you to port-a-potties instead of inside for coee and cookies. You moved across the street and listened to spontaneous speeches, line by line.   Who came? Locals. Portlanders, Californians, moms, daughters, wives, husbands, sons, dads, single and married, gay, straight, transgender, questioning, Latina, black, Asian, native, white: Americans all. We marched alone and holding hands, pushing babies and walkers, “first time” and “long time” marchers. A former Lincoln County resident rode a bus from Albany. Some decided to march after watching President Trump’s inauguration. Others signed up weeks before. We expected 400, then four times that arrived. Estimates are that 5 million human beings marched together around the world on Jan. 21.  

I want to thank each marcher, each citizen, and I celebrate the safe, peaceful and strong way each of you participated in the march. Our keynote speaker, Jenn Burleton, of TransActiveOnline.org, challenged us: “Can we fight together and not fight each other?”  

Please be stronger together as you join others and write your elected ocials, stay informed and get involved somewhere. Let’s make democracy work in Lincoln County, in Oregon, and in the United States of America. It was an honor to see you and learn some of your stories.

Letter to the Editor, Newport News Times, January 27, 2017, A6

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER

By Carolyn Crandall, Chair   Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee

My organization had the proud honor of partnering with NOW, PFLAG and the Diversity Committee to create a march to bring our community together to let the world know that we are not taking this administration’s backward stance on our rights.  

We showed them that we care about each other, something they might want to learn to do. It has become perfectly clear where they want to take our country and we are having none of it. We did not have 200 or 400 or 600 show up. We had 1,600 people who came together in the rain to send this very important message; we are here, and we are loud, and we are not going away.  

We are so grateful for the opportunity to be with our fellow Americans to sing, to chant, to carry signs of resistance and to listen to inspiring speakers. We thank the Hallmark for their support in helping make this march a complete success. We could not accommodate all 1,600 in the Hallmark, but it did not deter them from standing in the gravel across the street and wait for spots to open up in the rally. Some of our speakers went out to them and spoke about our rights and how we can work together to protect them. We rotated people in and out so as many as possible could get inside to hear our amazing speakers and visit the organizations that had tables set up. 

We thank KYAQ for live streaming the event. We thank the Newport police and their volunteers for watching out for us during the march. Businesses came out to their front doors and smiled and waved to us. This was a community function that brought us together and to prove that we are stronger together. Stay tuned for more events coming soon.

Letters to the Editor, Newport News Times, January 27, 2017, A6