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‘Our democracy is still on the line’: Williamsburg JCC Indivisible rallies on topics of incoming governor, women’s rights – Daily Press

In wake of Tuesday’s election, Williamsburg JCC Indivisible members felt compelled to action. Dressed in red capes and white bonnets, a nod to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” more than 10 members met for a rally outside of the Williamsburg/James City County Circuit Court on Friday.
Female members of the group, dressed in costume held signs spelling out the phrase: “Yes Virginia there are consequences from an election with Republicans in control. Welcome to your future.”
Other members held signs in support of women’s rights, some reading, “build walls around Texas laws” and “only weak men fear strong women,” as dozens of cars passed on Monticello Avenue honking their horns in support.
One of the leaders of the group, Heather Meaney-Allen, said that Friday’s rally was in opposition to the views of Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin.
“Our rights are very tenuous. We need to stand up and fight for them. They can disappear,” said Meaney-Allen on the topic of women’s rights. “We’re still here going on five years in January because we’ve got to fight for votes, we got to fight for our rights.”
The local chapter of Indivisible was first created in 2017, after Donald Trump was elected as president, to advocate for a number of issues ranging from climate change to women’s reproductive health to voting rights.
Another member of the group, Jeannette Potter, said that she was distressed by what was happening in Virginia and the implications it could have on the nation.
“It’s very scary in Virginia right now,” said Potter. “We wanted people to know that we’re not done. We thought we could get a break when Trump got out of office.”
Potter said that she felt the costumes were a visual reminder of what’s at stake. Having voted in her handmaid’s costume earlier this month, she said she hoped more people would understand the importance of voting in every election.
Several male members also attended Friday’s rally to show their support for women’s rights.
Herb Jones, a member of Indivisible, said that he showed up to support his female friends.
“I think what you’re going to see is a return to some of these intrusive laws when it comes to women, Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights,” said Jones. “Men don’t go through that, so I’m out here supporting these ladies.”
Almost every week the group meets at noon for a rally at the courthouse, sometimes dressed up as handmaids, to support a variety of topics.
Nov. 13, the group is planning to hold a rally at the courthouse called “Freedom to Vote: Time to Act,” which will be centered around voting rights.
“Our democracy is still on the line. Voting rights are still on the line. These are issues we still need to address,” said Potter. “This is just to remind people that we are still here.”
Abigail Adcox, [email protected], 757-264-8149

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