Stride for Equality





[music] Anastasia Pittman: It is time for us to raise our voices. It is time for us to stand together in solidarity. We’re talking about girl power. I see all of you ladies in pink and we think pink for some courage. And we want to say thank you for the men who are supportive of women’s rights, women’s issues. And we are going to do a chant and it’s just three simple words. Hear us roar. Hear us roar. Hear us roar. Keep it going. [crowd: Hear us roar.] Say it louder. [crowd: Hear us roar.] I can’t hear you. [crowd: Hear us roar.] Girl power. [crowd: Hear us roar.] Are you ready? [crowd: Hear us roar.] LaRenda Morgan: My name is LaRenda Morgan. I am Cheyenne and Arapaho. I’m going to render a short prayer. Our Father God, we pray. We hold up our leaders. Those that are elected not only here in Oklahoma, but our nation’s capitol. We ask that you give them wisdom. Lord, we ask that you give them compassion and love. And today, father God, as i pray to you, I ask that you place love and unity, and compassion in each of our hearts to be able to accept one another for who you made us. And Lord, I thank you. [crowd cheers] Aisha Shah: I’m going to read a small verse from the Quran that talks about how we are from the same family. Oh, mankind, surely we have created you from a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know each other and surely the noblest of you with Allah is the most righteous and surely Allah knows all and is all aware. [crowd cheers] Rev. Lori Walke: We are clear that any attack on women’s rights is an attack on human rights [crowd cheers]  and an affront to our moral center. So, Holy One, because we are bound together by love, we will resist. [crowd: We will resist. We will resist.] Because we need more women’s rights, not less. We need more gay rights, not less. We need more rights for immigrants. More rights for those differently abled. And more civil rights, not less. [crowd cheers] So, on this day we march, Holy One, we march for justice and equality, so let us go in peace, pray for peace, wage a little peace. And love one another. Every single other. Amen. [crowd cheers] Chai Dawson: Are we ready to rise? [crowd: Yes!] Are we ready to go forward? [crowd: Yes!] Are we ready to prove those that don’t understand who we are, what we are capable of doing? [crowd: Yes!] If you are ready to rise with me, then you are ready to change the face, the gender, the culture, everything that has to do with this nation. Not just in Oklahoma, not just in Kansas, not just in Texas, but everywhere on this planet. [crowd cheers] [music: Rise Up] You're broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can't find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out Marcher: Because we matter. Yes you do. We gonna walk it out. Marcher: To protest a president that degrades women and tries to normalize it, it will never be okay for us.
And I'll rise up
I'll rise like the day
I'll rise up
Like I’m not afraid
And I'll rise up And I'll do it a time and time again
And I'll rise up Hot like a flame And I'll rise up High like the waves
I'll rise up And I'll do it a time and time again For you Valerie Carter: We are not who is in the White House right now. Who we are left the White House yesterday and something else is in there now And we’re not going to sit down. Leslie Bradford: We’re not going to be silent. When the silence isn't quiet
And it feels like it's getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we'll take the world to its feet Woo ooh ooh ooh ooh And move mountains Woo ooh ooh ooh ooh And move mountains You ready? I'll rise up
High unafraid
I'll rise up Strong like the waves I'll rise up
And I'll do it time and time again You’ll all feel me? I'll rise up Strong like a wave I'll rise up ‘Cause I’m not afraid I'll rise up And I’ll do it time and time again Summer: I feel that my rights and the rights of fellow women are in jeopardy and you know, we have to take a stand. June: I’m 26 years old and it really just seems like our country is not fighting for me right now. I want women’s rights and I want to be treated just like everyone should be treated. Katie: What would I say to Trump? I would say you need to listen and you need to do something to bring us together because right now you are failing miserably. Shelly: He has encouraged divisiveness from the beginning, calling people that didn’t vote for him his enemy. This is not a way to bring nation together. Cole: I’m very, very worried for where our country’s heading and for the tension we’ve seen in the last few years. Sharon: I have fear that we are going to just be disappeared. See, I'll rise up Strong like the day
I'll rise up
despite my ache
I’ll rise up I will rise up Kristen Mills: I feel like we need to protect our family and our right to be a family and our right to have each other and our right to have him. Sandy Charlson: That we all have rights in America and that’s what makes America great. Cindy Famero: So, we’re really just standing together with the women here. Letting them know that every race, every nation, ever creed is here with each other. Judy Howell: And I came because I wanted to make sure that our new president understands that we are not going to lay down and be quit. If he wants to take away our rights we’ve earned, I’ll be standing up against him. For you oh oh oh oh oh
For you oh oh oh oh oh
For you and you and you and you For you Oh, for you. Thank you. Timothy Trejo: Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are universal. And we have already committed, Americans have already committed in our Declaration of Independence, and our constitution, in the U.N. Charter, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in the Declaration of Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We have already committed to supporting human rights. And when those rights are challenged, it’s important for us to take to the street, and to raise our voice, and to speak out and say ’This is not a question, this question has already been answered.’ We must support the commitment that we’ve already made. [flute music] [crowd sound]