Excerpted from an article in the Kansas City Star by Donald Bradley on January 21, 2017.
Thousands crammed Washington Square Park on Saturday as Kansas City joined in a day of women’s marches around the county.
In messages clearly aimed at the new president, speakers railed about reproductive rights, immigration, equal pay, religious freedom, rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people, and the urgency to fight any attacks on human dignity for all.
Rabbi Doug Alpert of Congregation Kol Ami drew one of the day’s biggest cheers when he addressed religious freedom and President Donald Trump’s talk of a registry for Muslims in the country.
“If Muslims are forced to register, then meet Muslim Rabbi Doug Alpert,” he said.
Before the event, organizers predicted about 2,000 people would attend. There appeared to be far more than that as a diverse crowd gathered early and grew during the event in a shoulder-to-shoulder mass that covered nearly the whole park at Pershing Road and Grand Boulevard.