Helena Women's March rallies voters despite snowstorm


Demonstrators march to Sen. Steve Daines’ Helena office during the Women’s March downtown on Saturday.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record Nolan Lister

Roughly 80 people braved Helena’s first snowstorm of the season to attend Saturday’s Women’s March.

The political rally took place at noon Saturday at Women’s Park in downtown Helena. Public Health Officer Drenda Niemann confirmed the organizers submitted a plan to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines that was approved by Lewis and Clark Public Health.

Organizer Rebecca Johnson said even with the inclement weather, the march was never in doubt.

“You can’t cancel these things,” Johnson said. “Once they’re set in motion, you have to do it.”

Speakers shared concerns about the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 health pandemic; a right-leaning Supreme Court that could roll back provisions of the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade; and voter suppression in the forms of aggressive purging of voter rolls, shuttering of polling locations and voter registration restrictions; among others.

Ryann Thomas, an 18-year-old Montanan and student at the University of Arizona, spoke to the attendees about her recent COVID-19 infection.

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