Two dozen members of the civic group Indivisible Colusa traveled to Sacramento for the Women’s March on Saturday, Jan. 20, to take a stand for equality and urge people to make their voices heard by voting in this year’s midterm elections.
Sacramento’s second annual Women’s March drew a record-breaking crowd of roughly 36,000, a sizable increase over last year’s estimated attendance of 20,000. More than two million people participated in the Women’s March over the weekend in hundreds of cities across the nation.
“After the first Women’s March, some people wondered if the resistance would fade away. It’s so exciting that it’s even more powerful this year,” said Mary Anderson of Colusa, whose daughter and granddaughter joined her at this year’s march.
Indivisible Colusa was launched in February 2017 in an Arbuckle living room by a handful of local residents eager to build on the momentum of the first Women’s March. The nonpartisan group is part of the national Indivisible movement that coalesced in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election. There are thousands of independent Indivisible chapters, including at least two in every congressional district.
Arbuckle resident Dianne Terwilliger joined Indivisible Colusa because she was concerned about potential rollbacks of social progress made in recent decades.
“Our country’s strength is its diversity,” she said. “We can’t take that for granted.”
Terwilliger carried a sign at this year’s Sacramento march that read “Love not hate makes America great.”
Indivisible Colusa is gearing up to work on voter registration and get out the vote drives in the county, in collaboration with the soon-to-be launched Colusa County Democratic Central Committee.
“There are too many local residents who are eligible to vote but aren’t registered or didn’t go to the polls in 2016. Our two groups want to change that,” said Pat Gassaway Ash, a former mayor of Williams who is one of the leaders of the effort to form the Democratic committee. Colusa and Modoc are the only two counties in California without a Democratic Party county committee.
Indivisible Colusa’s meetings are open to the public and take place on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Lodge, 528 Seventh Street, Williams. This year’s meetings will include a series of informal conversations with local government, business, education and faith leaders. In January, the group hosted Colusa County Supervisor Kent Boes. Their February 5 meeting will feature a conversation with Colusa County Supervisor Denise Carter. Information: www.indivisiblecolusa.org.■