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2018 Women's March on the Polls (and to the Rally for Reproductive Rights) 

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Marchers added a little levity to the serious purpose of the day.
Longtime leader of progressive causes Jean Gordon and Mary Cantwell are leaders of the peace group WAND, Women's Action for New Directions.
Artist Alice Guffey Miller and her band of merry artists made an appearance at the rally.
Speak through art: Miller's group's message.
Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock) urged people to get involved to change the regressive direction of the nation prior to the march.
State Rep. Vivian Flowers (D-Pine Bluff) brought two young girls to the stage to note that, according to statusofwomen.com, if today's trend continues, women will not achieve equal pay until 2082, out of reach for even today's little girls.
Sophia Said of the Interfaith Center leads the chant: "Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go."
Marching in front of the Progressive Arkansas Women's PAC are Jess Mallett, House candidate (Dist. 32), (Secretary of State candidate Susan Inman, Sen. Joyce Elliott, House candidate Jamie Scott (Dist. 37) and House candidate Tippi McCullough (Dist. 33).
Gwen Combs (in pink shirt) organized the 2017 march as well as this year's; she's a candidate for 2nd District Congress. With her (from left) are Kati Hendrickson, Sophia Said and Teresa Gallegos of Russellville, state Senate candidate (Dist. 16).
Marchers filled three or four blocks west of Pulaski and Capitol.
MOMS Demand Action fights for gun regulation.
LGBTQ issues, women's rights, guns, DACA, education — especially the state takeover of the Little Rock School District — all issues addressed by marchers' signs and speakers at the Reproductive Rights Rally that followed themarch.
On the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of Donald Trump, progressives are fired up.
On the steps of the Capitol, a backdrop to the Reproductive Rights Rally.
On the Capitol steps.
The marchers, as seen from the Capitol steps
At the rally, activist Anika Whitfield spoke against the Little Rock School District takeover by the state, citing the closing of Jefferson Elementary School and its clinic as an example of poor policy-making. She decried the appointments of state Education Department Commissioner Johnny Key and Little Rock Superintendent Moore, who she said not only was not from the community "but does not have justice on his mind."
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