Around 25 Nome residents marched in Nome’s third annual Women’s March on Saturday.
The group marched down Front Street and north up Bering Street to Old St. Joe’s.
“I am marching for indigenous peoples’ rights; I myself am a Ponca person from Oklahoma, Ponka and Cherokee, and my kids and my wife are Alaska Native, so they’re from here. So, I’m marching for indigenous peoples’ rights, as well as LGBTQ rights and women’s rights, of course.”
That’s Nome resident Fawn White, this year’s organizer. When she realized last week that plans hadn’t been made for this year’s Women’s March in Nome, White rushed into action to organize the event.
“So, I just hurried up and whipped it together on Monday, I think.”
Rachel Ventress, also of Nome, brought her two kids along. Her toddler son sported a sign that altered the phrase “boys will be boys,” reading “boys will be kind, gentle, strong, helpful, and respectful.” Ventress shared what brought her out on the chilly Saturday afternoon:
“I’m marching today because I believe in women, I believe in families, and I believe in being pro-life.”
Nome’s Women’s March joined thousands of others marching around the world on Saturday.
Image at top: Nome folks march up Front Street on Saturday, January 19, 2019, for the third annual Women’s March. In true Nome fashion, a child donned in a parka is pulled on a sled. Photo: Katie Kazmierski, KNOM.