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Second Annual Women’s March in Lansing focused on getting women elected

Cheyna Roth

Thousands of people flooded the state Capitol lawn today to participate in the second-annual Women’s March.

Last year’s rally theme was mostly resistance against the new Donald Trump presidency. This year, the focus was on voting and running for office.

Most people were there to criticize the Republican party, but some also wanted the Democratic party to examine itself.

Myya Jones is from Detroit. She says she wants Michigan’s Democratic Party to be more inclusive.

"Include black women in the conversation and then we’ll come out and we’ll vote, because we are the backbone of the Democratic party,” Jones said.

State Representative Leslie Love spoke at a rally before the march officially began.

“The only way we change the conversation in America, the way we change the conversation in Michigan is by showing up and showing out the way you have done today and it doesn’t stop today it goes all the way to the end to the polls,” Love said.

Aanee Nichols is from Grand Rapids. She works for a non-profit that distributes feminine hygiene products to women in need. Nichols says she didn’t go to the march last year. She says she was told to give President Trump a chance – but she’s not impressed.

“So the way he talks about women and talks about minorities and talks about other countries. That’s not what our country stands for and that’s not what progress means,” she said.

Multiple marches were scheduled throughout the weekend from Washington D.C on Saturday to the main march in Las Vegas today.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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