Thousands of people gathered at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV Sunday morning for the "Power to the Polls" rally. The event marked the one-year anniversary of the Women's March on Washington, D.C. last year and the countless corresponding marches across the globe.
Differing from last year's literal march in downtown Vegas, this event was an organized rally with a resounding message to vote in the 2018 midterm elections. Thousands of people with signs and pink hats gathered outside the sports stadium waiting in line to enter before the doors opened at 10 a.m.
The event featured an impressive list of speakers including Cecile Richards, Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Rev. William Barber III, Idaho State Representative Paulette Jordan, Dr. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw and Alicia Garza.
All the speakers emphasized the importance of attendees voting in the midterm elections, but the large overarching message was one of battling complacency about women's and minorities' rights in our everyday lives. Some speakers directly called on the white people in the crowd to take a more direct role in battling prejudice and injustice against minorities beyond a social media status update. "To be anti-woman is to be anti-democracy," said Rev. Barber.
Power to the Polls is a nationwide campaign created by the organizers of the 2017 Women's March on Washington, D.C. According to their website, the campaign is a "national voter registration and mobilization tour targeting swing states to register new and disenfranchised voters, engage impacted communities, harness our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values and collaborate with our partners to elect more women and progressives candidates to office."