Standing up for their rights: Women’s issues, politics on minds of hundreds at Hilo rally

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald The Stand Up for Your Rights march stretches down Kamehameha Avenue on Saturday in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Saturday's Stand Up for Your Rights event was one of about 250 marches and rallies planned to mark the one-year anniversary of the Women's March, an international political protest aimed at President Donald Trump after his inauguration.

A light rain drizzled over Hilo Bayfront on Saturday morning but that didn’t deter participants of the Stand Up For Your Rights march.

At least 500 people gathered at Lili‘uokalani Gardens for the 1-mile procession along Kamehameha Avenue.

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“Dump Trump,” read the homemade sign of one participant wearing an iconic pink pussyhat.

“Stand Up for Love” and “Still Resisting Hateful Politics,” other signs said. A chant of “We want a leader, not a fascist tweeter” soon emerged from the crowd, evoking some chuckles and honks from people driving by.

Last year, more than 600 women’s marches took place throughout the country, including in Hilo. People rallied in opposition to newly elected Donald Trump and as a statement against his rhetoric of the 2016 election cycle.

Marches this year packed more political punch: They were held on or around the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration with a goal of “bringing our power to the polls” in order to “flip Congress” from Republican to Democrat in the 2018 midterm elections, said Maui resident Teresa Shook, founder of the Women’s March national movement, who spoke at the Hilo event. Shook also is slated to attend today’s march in West Hawaii.

“This year we’re going to get out the vote,” Shook told the Tribune-Herald. “We’re going to see that the people we have in leadership are representing our values, our beliefs and following what their constituents want. We’ll be working really hard to make sure the elected officials are held accountable, and if they’re not, (it’s) voting people in who will be accountable to their constituents.”

Hilo’s 2018 event was expanded beyond women’s issues. Participants also held signs related to immigration rights, the environment, health care laws, racial issues and LGBT issues. A handful of signs referenced Saturday’s federal government shutdown and several mentioned the #MeToo movement which encourages women to share experiences as victims of sexual misconduct on social media.

Renee Rabb of Keaau held a sign that said “Grab them by the midterms.” Rabb said she moved to Hawaii with her wife, Barbara Cigainero, this past summer to “get far away” from “being in the middle of (Trump’s) madness.”

Trump’s first year in office has been “more horrible than I ever could have imagined,” Rabb said.

“It’s a complete and utter disaster,” Rabb said. “We think it’s very important for all people to be able to show support for change in the United States and it’s critically important that people disagree with the current direction purported by the White House. We want them to get registered and vote this year so that we have a chance to change the makeup of Congress.”

Sharon and Hattie Gerrish, Hamakua residents who are Quakers, wore traditional Quaker clothing as a form of activism. They said Quakers are traditionally activists who “stand up for human rights for everyone” and the duo hoped their outfits would make a “visible statement.”

“With Trump, when people talk like he talks and we have to accept that like it’s the new normal, it’s just unacceptable,” Sharon Gerrish said.

“It’s obvious that (Trump’s) clearly not interested in what happens to America,” added participant Diane Fournier.

“And I think it will get worse if he stays in office. We hope this brings awareness and sort of, knowing you’re not alone in supporting this. It shows you, ‘This is solidarity’ and ‘This is what people stand for.’ And I think this will grow.”

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Nationally, about 250 marches and rallies were planned this year.

Email Kirsten Johnson at kjohnson@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

  1. Keoni Yamada January 21, 2018 7:12 am Reply

    Nearly all haole progressive-fascist snowflakes & their micro-penis familiars.
    Still in denial on Trump, but they are taking over the Hawaii Democrat Party.


    1. lazerhaze January 21, 2018 3:22 pm Reply

      Micro penis? I’ll be happy to measure up to the rice grain you call a penis any day, any time. Name the place and time and I’ll show you what a real cock looks and tastes like.


      1. Thecrazydragqueenfromhell January 21, 2018 3:34 pm Reply

        Coming from someone who has the smallest one on island. Do you need some tweezers for that small dick of yours


  2. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 21, 2018 7:43 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, LINCOLN PARK
    They are fake feminists because they have no problem with murdering their own female preborn babies before they are born.
    If they really wanted to expand their equal rights for women they would give birth to their female preborn babies to increase the women in America.
    Their “March” was a March for Satan!


    1. lazerhaze January 21, 2018 3:19 pm Reply

      Even Satan would make a better president than Trump and a better human than YOU.


  3. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 21, 2018 8:58 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, LINCLON PARK
    Stop the slaughtering and blood sacrifices to satan at the Hilo Community Surgery Center which is really a BUILDING OF DEATH FOR PREBORN BABIES because powerless, helpless and innocent preborn babies go into that building alive and come out Dead! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1dd870a76a656be4f9621850eeef5f979c33d4ad9b0a80b9d99dd8f2173ce976.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c87b12b470c84314a559e15003f7fa81f54befa96d2b237121d5cb7524d9eb09.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a88b789f2cdc0e59488186c36c145b6c4d6ab70f3c02991ac30d6f9237f81a96.jpg


    1. lazerhaze January 21, 2018 3:17 pm Reply

      You are a domestic terrorist who belongs in prison. You are child raping criminal and a welfare cheat.


      1. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 21, 2018 4:58 pm Reply

        Your words don’t bother me, however your words do show what is in your heart and that is the evils of satan which are within you.
        I couldn’t care less what you and the other demon speakers say about me.
        Honestly, I really don’t care what you say.
        So, spew all the hatred you what at me for you speak for your God Satan.


  4. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 21, 2018 9:11 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII
    They are all satanists because they provide blood sacrifices of preborn babies to satan! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1f9508a830ff2ced6f2e92fe0ffb56ddc3cf2df74dc45c9a12776d308e182188.jpg


    1. Leroy January 21, 2018 2:13 pm Reply

      Your mother shoulda swallowed instead….


      1. lazerhaze January 21, 2018 3:24 pm Reply

        Yeah. Too bad she took all loads … like the city dump.


        1. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 21, 2018 4:55 pm Reply

          Satan speakers like yourself come out into the open when the light of Yahweh is shown down upon them.


      2. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 21, 2018 4:54 pm Reply

        Your just another demon speaker with another dirty sexually-perverted mouth.


        1. Leroy January 22, 2018 12:28 am Reply

          I think your inner demon is raising its ugly head…usually the most outspoken have the most to hide. What are you hiding? Sometimes Satan tries to fool people by calling himself reverend.


    2. lazerhaze January 21, 2018 3:16 pm Reply

      If anyone should of been aborted… it’s you. Abort yourself and do the one thing you could ever do to “Make America great again”. You’re as much a “reverend” as Trump is a good, decent, honest man. Satan, like god are the fantasies of deranged, willfully ignorant, self deluded fools. Your “Yahweh” is a fiction written with the express intent of manipulating gullible idiots out of their money by stealing their freedom and enslaving them to a lie. You know this is true because you use religion as a con to manipulate and control gullible idiots yourself. No cowardly, weak minded christian can confront their own self delusion and willful ignorance. Not you. Not any of you weak minded idiots.


      1. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 21, 2018 4:54 pm Reply

        Your words just prove the point your heart is with satan and you have a demon in your body who speaks through your mouth.


    3. Thecrazydragqueenfromhell January 21, 2018 3:36 pm Reply

      Sir lay off the Crack pipe


  5. Mary Strong January 21, 2018 10:11 am Reply

    There was over 1,200 Marchers at the rally and many more at the bandstand.


  6. Hilo Jack January 21, 2018 12:46 pm Reply

    If anyone wants to know the reason why Roe v Wade must never be overturned just read the comments from the convicted thief who calls himself reverend.

    A perfect waste of what a good abortion should have been.


  7. Thecrazydragqueenfromhell January 21, 2018 3:27 pm Reply

    James Borden you sir should eat a tide pod


    1. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 21, 2018 4:59 pm Reply

      Your name says it all and that’s where you’re going to go – straight to Hell unless you repent and accept Yahushua as your Savior.


      1. Hilo Jack January 21, 2018 6:06 pm Reply

        Convicted thieves go straight to hell.


  8. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 21, 2018 5:17 pm Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, LINCOLN PARK
    Their march is Fake and Evil.
    They march to destroy life in the womb.
    They march to murder females before they are born and yet they claim to march for women’s equality.
    They march to spread satan’s evil perversions of homosexuality and transgender.
    Their march spouts phony aloha because they have no aloha for the preborn babies because they have murdered and will murder their preborn babies https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cc46afacf682ceac2ef6358fceb51069415bff07ce4fbfb33bfdfa8dc2397b3f.jpg right here in Hilo at the “BUILDING OF DEATH FOR PREBORN BABIES” known as the Hilo Community Surgery Center!
    They morally corrupted the minds, hearts and souls of innocent children with satan’s evils upon the world.


    1. Hilo Jack January 21, 2018 6:40 pm Reply

      Abortion is legal.

      Stealing from the State – especially stealing benefits designed for those less fortunate and of which, you were convicted of, makes you a total piece of pure human $hit.


    1. lazerhaze January 23, 2018 6:12 am Reply

      If we EXTERMINATED ALL THE MISOGYNISTIC VERMIN like you. America would of been “great again”…. LONG LONG ago.


    1. lazerhaze January 23, 2018 6:11 am Reply

      What a piss poor post. . Cartoons? Typical of a child like you.


          1. Big Dee January 23, 2018 6:22 pm

            How’s the Russian investigation going? Did they find the guys that framed OJ?
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a72db911e5b2e0eb0a5ce575b83579ffd50a722560f95cdbf1c72d0e58eea77.jpg


        1. lazerhaze January 23, 2018 3:44 pm Reply

          Come for me you mental midget. I can beat you AT ANYTHING.


          1. lazerhaze January 24, 2018 5:46 am

            Off with his worthless, fat idiot head. tRrump makes America great again the moment he’s DEAD. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce0b35c47c3e33ac33a9e6144dac630d9efe6b3b06b9e28783bdef24f7dc0ee9.jpg


  9. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 22, 2018 8:33 pm Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII
    What the marchers really meant on their signs.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/76c4beef76e486091e23faf248542200313bdc1a536bc4ee4f3baa41da1199c5.jpg


  10. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 23, 2018 9:17 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII
    Monday 1/21/18 HILO’S MARCH FOR LIFE BECAUSE PREBORN BABIES ARE PRECIOUS AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND BE BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO HAVE A LIFE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/651e97bbdd37345aae313cc352fe3b5c2ffb483660e9092dc736f4d0ff65d422.jpg


  11. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 23, 2018 9:22 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII
    Monday 1/21/18 HILO’S MARCH FOR LIFE BECAUSE PREBORN BABIES ARE PRECIOUS AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND BE BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO HAVE A LIFE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bff973f91928ab245d58d1cc57bdcea5f600ef7f3184282b79accda636b2127b.jpg


  12. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 23, 2018 9:33 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII
    Monday 1/21/18 HILO’S MARCH FOR LIFE BECAUSE PREBORN BABIES ARE PRECIOUS AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND BE BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO HAVE A LIFE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/620dcd6d18c29623cc6cf6fe4df67a1d954dc67e4d68d28d959a06e1e51d22b1.jpg


  13. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 23, 2018 9:34 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII
    Monday 1/21/18 HILO’S MARCH FOR LIFE BECAUSE PREBORN BABIES ARE PRECIOUS AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND BE BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO HAVE A LIFE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dda191a663fe193ddf1f2ef7be88d3cadbcd61eef0acbca775f78e29e0bcde5c.jpg


  14. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 23, 2018 9:35 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII
    Monday 1/21/18 HILO’S MARCH FOR LIFE BECAUSE PREBORN BABIES ARE PRECIOUS AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND BE BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO HAVE A LIFE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/840dc343ac0950543d2b828ad3327747599563fc4704b768687c10ede30c9a0e.jpg


  15. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 23, 2018 9:35 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII
    Monday 1/21/18 HILO’S MARCH FOR LIFE BECAUSE PREBORN BABIES ARE PRECIOUS AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND BE BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO HAVE A LIFE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/896ba9142318a239dcc4af5366017ebf6686ce4d38d0483008f2d0b7f6e3edc3.jpg


  16. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 23, 2018 9:36 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII
    Monday 1/21/18 HILO’S MARCH FOR LIFE BECAUSE PREBORN BABIES ARE PRECIOUS AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND BE BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO HAVE A LIFE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bede97aade2480b328068d9a7f2ddcb19a5c9794adfc0bc38fc2700ad88b2fc4.jpg


  17. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 23, 2018 9:40 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII
    Monday 1/21/18 HILO’S MARCH FOR LIFE BECAUSE PREBORN BABIES ARE PRECIOUS AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND BE BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO HAVE A LIFE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/542afc720ea96c32f3198b1d27d31e162881df9ed92928abcb1ea28b8859bda6.jpg


  18. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 23, 2018 9:41 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII
    Monday 1/21/18 HILO’S MARCH FOR LIFE BECAUSE PREBORN BABIES ARE PRECIOUS AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND BE BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO HAVE A LIFE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2efe5e6a8948682faa10620c079d341ce502356b0c8f7cfd4e5c64abff02a922.jpg


  19. REV. JAMES G. BORDEN January 23, 2018 9:45 am Reply

    YAHWEH’S MINISTRY, HILO, HAWAII
    Monday 1/21/18 HILO’S MARCH FOR LIFE BECAUSE PREBORN BABIES ARE PRECIOUS AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND BE BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO HAVE A LIFE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d39e096a843ab02a90a29930296dd9204f4b67d4546c137163a323aeaa2cf331.jpg


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