Women's March: Champaign

Women's March: Champaign

As rallies take place throughout the U.S. — led by the Women's March on Washington — we'll have reports from downtown Champaign.

An enthusiastic and large crowd — estimates as large as 5,000 — descended on West Side Park before marching toward downtown.  

A lineup of speakers addressed the gathering on an unseasonably warm Saturday morning, urging people to get involved and run for office. "We are willing to stand up for what's right.We will not be silenced," was one message.

Another: "Whatever you do, do something ... not to make America great again but to keep it great."

Brittany McDaniels of Danville brought her 5-month-old daughter, Sophia, whom she called her "miracle baby." She was born six weeks early and spent two and a half weeks in the intensive care unit.

"I just want to show my daughter how to be a stong woman and maybe inspire other women in the community - not just women but all races, genders and religions."

Later, organizers told the crowd that they were "speechless" about the turnout, which exceeded expectations.

Organizers were also selling "Nasty Woman" beer, a reference to Donald Trump's put-down of Hillary Clinton during one of the presidential debates, and planned to donate $1 from each bottle sold to Planned Parenthood.

We'll be providing coverage via Facebook Live throughtout the day. Click here.

The lineup:

— Carol Ammons (State Representative)

— Alicia Beck (Candidate for Champaign City Council, District 2, and small business owner)

—Stacy Meredith Bennett, Ph.D. (Education consultant, wife of State Sen. Scott Bennett)

—Danielle Cook (Director of the Novak Academy, Champaign Unit 4 School District)

—Laura Huth (President & CEO of do good Consulting)

—Naomi Jakobsson (State Representative-retired)

—Kristina Khan (Organizer for Build Programs Not Jails)

—Sanaa Khan (UIUC Undergraduate Student and member of the Muslim Students Association)

—Angela King (Mother, wife, and architect)

—Tanisha King-Taylor (Motivational Speaker, tanishakingtaylor.com)

—Claudia Lennhoff (Executive Director of Champaign County Health Care Consumers)

—Lucia Maldonado (Latino Parent Liaison for Urbana School District 116)

— Rebecca McBride (Executive Director and Founder of 4 Osprey | Ecofluent)

—Molly McLay (Assistant Director, UIUC Women's Resources Center)

—Mimi Nguyen, (Associate professor in Gender and Women's Studies at UIUC)

—Lauren Quinn (Founder, CU chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America)

—Evelyn Reynolds (Director of Black Lives Matter CU)

—Jasmine Routon (Board of Directors Secretary of The Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County)

—Andrea Rundell (Executive Director of the YWCA of the University of Illinois)

—Pastor Amy Thoren (Pastor and Director of Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Campus Center)


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CallSaul wrote on January 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Awesome! Congratulations!

Not only did Trump lose the popular vote by 3 million...

Not only does he have record low approval ratings and is despised by most Americans...

Not only did he have an incredibly poorly attended inaguration...

But now he's already facing massive nationwide protests, demonstrations and resistance...

All politicians who are thinking about going along with his radical right wing agenda, take note...

hunter80snicarte wrote on January 21, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Actual conversation overheard yesterday at O'Hare airport in the gate area of a flight headed to Washington, D.C.-

Woman: "who here is going to Washington to march with us?"

Other Women: *yells and cheers*

Woman (to male pilot in uniform): "You're not going to march with us?"

Pilot: "Ma'am, I'm just headed to work."

Woman: "So? You can still stay and March with us."

Pilot: "Ma'am, they're making me come home after that."


Pilot: "Uhhhhhhh...."


I've caught the yawns as well. Whiny liberals walk around yelling and holding signs? *yaaaaaawn*. Next. 

Sid Saltfork wrote on January 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Women make up over one half of the country's citizens.  That makes them "whiny liberals"?  I assume that you had at least a mother.  Would not she want, or have wanted equal rights?  Tell your thoughts to your wife, or girlfriend if you have one.

hunter80snicarte wrote on January 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

That would be a valid argument if all 100% of the women that make up 51% of the US population all felt they were being oppressed and were whining along side these liberal whiners. My mom voted for Trump, and I assure you she is not protesting anywhere this weekend. My wife, who is a female commercial airline Captain (example of a woman achieving equality in a man's world if you decide you want something instead of complaining you don't have it) and also witnessed this incident at O'hare is as anti-Trump and as pro-equality as they come, and seeing things like we saw yesterday with a lunatic getting in the face of somebody who was just doing their job angered her to no end. Anybody else you want me to consult personally on this? 

concernedmom wrote on January 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

That was one woman who spoke to the airline pilot and was a little off in her aproach. She is not representing all that are marching and is not what this movement is about. It's about speaking up for myself to say I will not accept hateful actions or words against women, people of any color of the rainbow, LGBT members, poor, anyone different than you. It's about saying it is not okay to have a leader that revels in hate and bullying of others. This is not whining, it is my constitutional right to speak up when I witness one human being ugly toward others.

hunter80snicarte wrote on January 21, 2017 at 9:01 pm

And yet none of the cheering women spoke up when that woman was being ugly towards that pilot. Too bad he was a white male so it must not have fit into their agenda. 

Sid Saltfork wrote on January 22, 2017 at 7:01 am

"white male"?   Oh, you poor boy. 

Anti-womens' issues and concerns, and racism defines you.  No one can excuse you of being a liberal.  Yep, you earned your red cap and armband.  You would have loved 1930s Germany.   

SaintClarence27 wrote on January 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

Do you have any sort of citation for this? This sounds made up.

uncommon_name wrote on January 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

These record low approval ratings you speak of, who produced those numbers? I'm sure you believe Barack Obama is walking out of office at record high approval ratings? You'd think if that was the case, the Democratic party would be in control. Freaking Russians...

CallSaul wrote on January 21, 2017 at 5:01 pm

So you're claiming Trumps dumpster fire approval numbers, along with Obama's high approval rating, are fake?

Just like the Russian stooge lied about the size of his...uh...inagural crowd earlier today and his angry cornered rat of a  press goon Sean Spicer repeated a little while ago?

Go ahead and put your head in the sand in a SAD! attempt to deny reality.

Face it, most of the country despises him already and it's only going to get worse.

And yes, Obama's approval ratings will continue to increase as Trump moves from one disaster to the next...


uncommon_name wrote on January 21, 2017 at 6:01 pm

But yet here he sits elected as president? That just happened out of thin air? You my friend, are delusional or willfully ignorant but you sure are good at making up names.

Donald Trump won states the Democrats have owned since the 80s but all the sudden he's the most hated man in America and Obama's policies have made him the most popular president ever??

CallSaul wrote on January 21, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Uh, you know he lost the popular vote by 3 million, right...?

Look at the polls. Every singe one --- even Fox's --- shows him with horrible approval ratings...

Look at the very sparse attendance of his inaguration...

Look at the massive protests just today on only the first day after the Russian stooge was installed...

But you're claiming that's all rigged and skewed and fake...?

You you really, really shouldn't be attacking others as being delusional or willfully ignorant.

You'll learn soon enough that denying obvious reality is not going to be an effective defense against the torrent of uncomfortable facts and inconvenient truths about the clown that are to come.

uncommon_name wrote on January 21, 2017 at 6:01 pm

You are so easily triggered. I can feel you blood pressure rising in your posts. I'm too lazy to look but you obviously know, what does fox have his approval rating at? You are telling me he'd lose the election if it was held today? People suddenly had some awakening moment since election day? 50% of people are idiots. You believe I belong in that 50% but I'm quite sure you belong in it. And so we dance...

CallSaul wrote on January 21, 2017 at 7:01 pm

Like many trumpkins, your comments just get stranger and stranger the further you descend into denial of reality. 

So, to summarize: you are apparently claiming that the clown didn't lose the popular vote by 3 million, that he does not in fact have record low approval ratings, that Obama does not in fact have very high approval ratings, that the inauguration crowd was not in fact the smallest in recent history and that the demonstrations today were not the largest ever protests of a new president being installed.

And you bizarrely call reminding you of these undisputable facts being triggered...?

That word doesn't mean what you seem to think it means.

And it's clearly not only your intellectual laziness that's keeping you from doing the trivially easy search that would enlighten you as to the clown's abysmal approval ratings. 

The main reason you and the other trumpkins are so eager to deny this obvious facet of reality is that it proves uneqivocally that his and your bigotry, racism, ethnonatoinalism, misogyny, xenophobia and general hatred are rejected by the majority of Americans.

And that clearly enrages you and has sent you around the bend.

uncommon_name wrote on January 21, 2017 at 7:01 pm

I'm far from enraged. I think you are funny..a little unhinged but funny.

CallSaul wrote on January 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm

The awesome march here in Champaign and the other massive protests across the US prove that most Americans reject the Russian stooge's and your bigotry and you clearly cannot handle that.

So much that you have to laughably resort to denying obvious reality.

You can rage against reality as much as you want but that's not going to change the basic fact that the millions who marched today reflect where most of the country is already and where --- most of --- the rest of it is already heading.

Some bitter clingers will forever seethe with rage because their hatred is rejected by the majority of Americans.

You can and very well may willingly choose to remain in the latter group until you die.

But you're always free to simply decide to reject the bigotry and hate. 

wykhb wrote on January 22, 2017 at 6:01 am

It's you who is consistently denying reality, every article I read seems to have you in the comments section calling people names, racists, bigots, trump whatever.    You are a nasty piece of work, and it's because of people just like you that Trump is now President.   It's very entertaining watching you melt down and all the funny things people say to you as they treat you like a special needs child.      Keep up the great work!    

CallSaul wrote on January 22, 2017 at 9:01 am

Please explain why you believe it's 'denying reality' to cite the undisputed facts that the Russian stooge lost the popular vote by such a huge margin, that he's polling terribly, that his inaguration had the lowest attendance in recent history and that the demonstrations yesterday were the largest ever?

Certain people argue that calling someone out on their bigotry and racism is orders of magnitude worse than their actual racism and bigotry. 

Those who do this are unfailingly racists and bigots.

Now you're repeating the tired right wing talking point that Lil' Poodle is the liberals' fault, huh? I guess we should have seen that one coming...

You blame Trump on liberal 'name calling' and insults --- by which you mean criticism of right wing bigotry and racism --- and then you end your rant with...wait for it...name calling and insults.

But it's okay when you do it, right...?

wykhb wrote on January 22, 2017 at 4:01 pm

You have all the answers, get  one of your other personalities to explain it to you.    It's so sad to see you living in such fear and hatred, and I am happy you have a way to reach out to others, but I think you are not quite getting it right.  

Marty wrote on January 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm

You know he played the game by the current rules knowing what it would take to defeat hillary and campaigned with that knowledge to win? You know that he used the "news" against it's self to win? You know that he got billions of dollars of free tv time, not by accident, but by design? You know the democrats had a real chance if they hadn't stabbed Sanders in the back? You know hillary and her lies must have been very bottom of the barrel if she could lose to such and obviously horrible person. That so many people in the country are so incredibly stupid to vote for either one of them. That apparently if you don't live in california, new york or chicago and a few isolated places you are a racist, sexit and all of those other claims.

People like you act like hillary would have been better.

CallSaul wrote on January 24, 2017 at 9:01 am

For all her faults, yes Clinton would have been far better than the bigoted Russian stooge.

And no, as the continuing polls --- the ones that accurately predicted his loss of the popular vote by 3 million --- along with the record setting marches across the country show that he would have been at least as big a loser if not a bigger loser if she somehow, unbelievably, altered his campaign stylings.

Tom Napier wrote on January 24, 2017 at 8:01 pm

The Chicago Cubs drew 3,232,420 at Wrigley Field in 2016.  Citation: http://proxy.espn.com/mlb/attendance?order=false. 

ankitzuelana wrote on January 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

I made it in 'the man's' world. An undergrad and two masters in the medical field and health care management industry. Had s few ribald comments and some butt smacks back in 70/80's. Hillary never did anything for me. I racked my ovaries and didn't whine; stayed focused and reached the pinnacle of my profession. Ashamed of these idiots out there grabbing their labia and whining. Get UP and DO! Women have been equal to men in the workplace: in the home: in every way... just takes a smart self driven independent female. Voted Trump!!! Yeah baby!! Your far left talking ooonts are stale and meaningless 

Local Yocal wrote on January 21, 2017 at 1:01 pm
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5000 people would make this march one of the largest political actions in CU. It's going to be an interesting 4 years as it may be this president that divides the nation the most. 

BruckJr wrote on January 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Any firebombings?  Looted liquor stores?

lga wrote on January 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Nope! Not a single arrest in Chicago! Nice attempt to bring down the power and momentum of these rallies. Sad!

welive wrote on January 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

The quicker people relize their vote never mattered the better they would be .Plus heres i thought quit complaining.Embrace this.Or Move i here canada has a great health care.or hey you could become a mexican citezen come back to the u s illegal and hve more rights the you did before.

in other news Illinoins still no budget.where is the concern their.Impeach MADIGAN and RAUNER.



Anonymous71 wrote on January 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Please lern to spl or us spl chkr.

Mirielle wrote on January 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Ladies, please continue to "protect your vaginas" as Joy & Whoopie have admonished you to do, ( say "no" to sex with your partner.)  This country & the world cannot afford more radically unhinged people as yourselves.

Anonymous71 wrote on January 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Cearly women protect their vagins from you - perhaps that is the source of the anger.

BDR529 wrote on January 22, 2017 at 7:01 am

Parads  require permits.  Permits requires streets blocked off.  Who paid  for PW and CPD to be there?  That has been a requirement for at least 25 yrs.  Who gets the bill? Why should the 95% of folks who stayed home pay for the elites who started this rally?   STATES rep AAMONS has cash in her campaign fund, most of it from her master Madigan.   Let her pay.

SaintClarence27 wrote on January 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

Elites? Really?  The men are the elites - you are aware of this, right? That's kind of the point...

JohnRalphio wrote on January 23, 2017 at 12:01 am

It's a public park. When several thousand people want to reserve and use a public park, that is what it's there for. If you want to organize and sponsor a pro-Trump rally in West Side Park, you are entitled to use it, as well as police services. Let us all know when your super-non-elite rally happens!

Sid Saltfork wrote on January 22, 2017 at 8:01 am

One good thing about the comments section is the reality of opinions.  You get to see the racist, and alt-right among us.  Mention The LEADER and the anti-women, and racist comments come rolling out. 

"Come here my friend, come hear my friend, and we will march in............"   History repeats itself.  Now, all the goose-stepers can have a LEADER.  They are drooling to know where they can get their new shiny boots, and uniforms.  One step forward, and twenty backwards are their marching orders.

Trump gives a rant at CIA headquarters.  He states that the media caused the rift between the Intelligence agencies, and himself.  Yet, he did give a rant that was televised along with a tweet comparing the agencies to Nazis.  He did this while standing in front the stars of fallen heroes.  The rest of his "speech" was all about himself.  Not very smart in front of Intelligence officers, and the intelligent public.  Of course, that was fake news according to the goose-stepers.   

ankitzuelana wrote on January 22, 2017 at 8:01 am

Revolting. Are these females recipients of Hillary's purported 30 years of fighting passionately for the rights of women and children? Their bizarre demonstration seems to confirm that Hillary Clinton was nothing more than a 50k plater and a tool for rhe bug-eyed Hollywooders. Females have never had so many opportunities; especially here in Urbana-Champaign. We women make our choices: the options are many. Career female professionals would never take their labia to Westside Park and demean themselves in such a clueless, classless mob with no clear message: little purpose and no goals. Proud to be a strong independent mother and career professional. This event was akin to Taste of Champaign. A nice day to get out and mingle; no other purpose unless the goal was to show your loins. Revolting .

max_zilla wrote on January 22, 2017 at 10:01 am
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SaintClarence27 wrote on January 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

You should probably have some sort of point and/or evidence and/or relevance to actual facts before you post in the future. Your comment is nonsensical.

Kmccaff wrote on January 22, 2017 at 2:01 pm

It was indeed like The Taste of Champaign. Both were very well organized, and done very respectful. This march was very well done, with lots of love and humor. 

JohnRalphio wrote on January 23, 2017 at 12:01 am

The nice thing about feminism and progressivism is that they keep moving forward, regardless of the political success of any one person. The rally and march were a great success, attended by lots of people who are going to devote themselves to keeping Trump from rolling back the progress we've made in the last eight years. That includes many professional women speaking and organizing for further action. It's pretty hilarious to compare pictures of the National Mall from the inauguration and the Women's March, too.

CallSaul wrote on January 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

Man, all these uppity nasty women --- along with so many of us men who love, support and agree with them --- expressing our opinions in public really has the trumpkins in a terrible tizzy.

One might say they're hysterical, even.

While they're still trotting out the tired old line from 30 years ago that Madonna is a whore, they're also now trying to peddle the charge that she's a terrorist...?

While desperation like that sure ain't pretty, it's still oddly compelling to watch as it unfolds in real time in all it's retrograde misogynistic doomed 'glory'...

Kmccaff wrote on January 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm

I was very happy to be a part of this, and support the goals of protest in the coming years. I think our congressional representatives need to hold more town halls to explain their votes, and listen to voters' concerns. I have seen very little out of Mr. Davis, and Mr. Shimkus. Perhaps the News Gazette could host some of them?

highspeed wrote on January 22, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Basing the March on something Trump said 12 years ago. Where was the outrage when Clinton was actually doing the nasty with others than his wife? No one has heard a peep from Madonnna and her ilk for months maybe years but given an opportunity for free publicity there they were. Not a word from Gloria Steinem forever now she has emerged. 

cwakefld wrote on January 22, 2017 at 5:01 pm

Dissent is the essence of Liberty

If you do not believe in freedom of expession for those you despise, you do not belive in it at all.

Marty wrote on January 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm

What rights has he taken away from you so far?

BDR529 wrote on January 24, 2017 at 8:01 am

An enthusiastic and large crowd — estimates as large as 5,000 — descended on West Side Park before marching toward downtown.



Could the NG provide us with who made the estimates?  Police? Fire? PW? Park District or the organizers.  Everyone seems to be running with the 5 k number but no one says how they got the number.................


or is the number


fake news set out by an organizer.  Remember the USPS does not issue number size since they lost a lawsuit by the Million Man march after they said that there were not quite a million men there..........

Sid Saltfork wrote on January 24, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Who cares if it was 5,000, 2,500, or in DC 50.000?  When you watched the videos, there were a heck of a lot of women across this country, and the world not happy with The Leader.  The numbers are meaningless.  You sound like Sean Spicer spining now the inaugaration attendence to how many people watched via digital devices.  Who cares about the numbers?  It is the issues presented that matter.

If your so upset about it, organize a Trump demonstration in the park.  No anarcists are going attack you.   Do the same thing.  Make up homemade signs, not mass produced signs, and wear your red hats. Have your speakers, sing, and behave.  You will not do it though.  Your people are afraid to be seen on camera.  Your people only want to spin secretly.

skm1962 wrote on January 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Perfect response, Sid....

C mon man wrote on January 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Trump really is a genious. Not one full day into office and his anti-obesity plan is already working. By noon Saturday he got hundreds of thousands American women, girls and whipped husbands and boyfriends off their fat butts and taking walks. That is much more effective than Michelle's starving school lunches or even the NFL Play60. Amazing. C'mon man, it is all about perspective.

Sid Saltfork wrote on January 26, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Perspectives are like noses.  Everyone has one.  You obviously showed your's.

The inference that the families marching in the Women's March were obese ( "off their fat butts" ) is invalid due to the record numbers, and interviews of the marchers.  Evidently size matters with The Leader's demand that his crowd was bigger.  He is becoming "the crazy, clown president".  I wake up early each morning to see the tweets he made over night.  Many of the tweets are presidential attacks on citizens excersing their Constitutional Rights such as Freedom of Speech.  Other tweets are threats to our allies. By the way, he fired the top people in the State Dept. before Tillerson has been confirmed by the Senate.  That means confusion while our country has no vehicle for diplomacy.  Who is going to put out a fire with another nation due to The Leader's tweets?

Oh well, enough of my perspective of The Leader.  He is giving back the country to the people.......  like you.