Signs that this presidential inauguration had energized Denver were strikingly evident downtown and in our NE quadrant. Within a four-and-a-half mile radius of city park, seven public events drew over 122,000 people in a 12-day period.
The largest by far, of course, was the Women’s March with its unprecedented numbers and signs reflecting a wide range of issues and concerns. And at the MLK Marade, which occurs annually in this time period, the content of speeches and crowd responses reflected the messages also coming from other events. A rally to protect immigrants and refugees called for passage of legislation to make Colorado a sanctuary state. Two events specifically addressed the concerns of people who will lose their health care if/when the Affordable Care Act is repealed. And two events addressed criminal justice reform—one specifically about Denver’s policy on use of force by the police.
Below are the links to each of these events:
100,000+ People Participate in the Women’s March
20,000+ Attend MLK Rally & Marade
1,000 People Gather for Solidarity Action for Criminal Justice Reform
500 People Rally to Prevent Repeal of ACA
150 People Rally to Protect Immigrants and Refugees
120+ People Meet to Discuss Police Policy on Use of Force