Park City Respect Rally: Honoring Where We've Been, Where We Are, and the Road Ahead
On January 21, 2017, during the height of the Sundance Film Festival, 8,800 people braved a snowstorm to gather in Park City for the #MarchOnMain, a protest against the presidency of Donald Trump that became Park City's largest assemblage ever. In the year since then, a cultural shift has occurred across the country centered around women speaking out and standing up against all forms of discrimination. To honor this year of activism and and change, a group of Park City organizers will host Respect Rally Park City at North City Park (1354 Park Ave), by the baseball fields, on Saturday, January 20 at 10 a.m. "While the event is very different than last years march, it will have an equally uplifting and energizing feel for all those who attend," says Cynthia Levine, Respect Rally Park City organizer and organizer of last year's #MarchOnMain.
Though the event's official itinerary is yet to be announced, the lineup of speakers by will include appearances by local activists and politicians including Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and US Senate candidate Jenny Willson as well as Oscar winners Jane Fonda and Common and activist/attorney Gloria Allred. (Other speakers slated: Anthony Ramos, Nick Offerman, Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal, Bart Powaukee, Sage Trudell).
Park City will be very busy on this day as it falls during the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival. Plan on getting the Park City by 9 a.m. at the latest and leaving your car at one of these two satellite parking lots that will be served by free bus transportation to City Park for the rally: Park City Film Studios (4001 Kearns Blvd) and Richardson Flats, located about a half-miles past the Park City Film Studios on Kearns Boulevard.
"We take this opportunity," Levine wrote on the event's Eventbrite info page, "to join in solidarity with members of the local community and visitors from the global creative community to demonstrate and voice our respect for all ethnicities, religions, genders, political and sexual orientations, to commune in respect for our land, our water and our air, and to show deference for each person’s individual experience and belief system. We take this opportunity to elevate one another’s causes, understand and respect each other’s struggles and join together in unity to heal wounds and narrow the gaps that threaten to divide us."