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I wrote a column for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle for 8 years starting in December 2007 and running until November 2015. Then I returned to column writing in August 2016, all of them archived here.


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Women and men take to streets to deliver a message

By Barry Schrader Senior Columnist...................Jan. 26, 2017

Kay Shelton of DeKalb was one of 250,000 people taking part in Saturday’s Women’s March on Chicago in the Loop, as well as joining in with 8,000 young protesters the night before.

She said the loosely organized demonstration had about 60,000 people register online by Thursday, then a quarter of a million men and women, some with their children along, gathered in the center of Chicago “with the intention of reminding all the newly elected politicians that the U.S. Constitution guarantees rights to all the people.”

Shelton, who is president of the League of Women Voters in DeKalb County, is no stranger to political activism and demonstrations, but said she had never participated in anything on such a scale before.

The demonstration was held in unison with the Women’s March on Washington, where it was estimated more than 500,000 people gathered to send a message to the new administration.

Shelton said she was impressed by the mix of people, the various messages on the homemade signs carried by participants and the broad range of issues that were raised.

She listed some of them: women’s rights, including equal pay for equal work; women’s health care funding; education funding; voters’ rights, and protection for the children of undocumented immigrants.

Kay Shelton took this photo during the Women’s March on Chicago, saying this sign summarizes the theme very well. (Kay Shelton photo)

File photo of Kay Shelton
Other issues she mentioned were religious freedom for all, environmental issues, LGBT rights and human rights in general.

“This event was really just the beginning,” Shelton said. “Next there will be breakout groups all around the country tackling specific issues, using social media to help bring them together and work in regions, even neighborhoods.”

I can imagine Shelton will have more details to share at the next League of Women Voters meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the DeKalb Public Library.

To learn more about the Chicago events, visit the march’s website, womens121marchonchicago.org.

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