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Activism In Action

Activism In ActionHundreds of Tufts students pulled an all-nighter to travel to the nation’s capitol this weekend to participate in a massive women’s rights march. Washington, DC.

Boston [04.26.04] With plenty of junk food and bottled water on hand, 160 Tufts students pulled an all-nighter this weekend. But unlike typical all-night study sessions, this one didn't end with an exam. Instead, the Tufts students pulled into Washington, D.C., on a caravan of buses to join hundreds of thousands of others taking part in a massive rally.

"What shocked me is the sheer number of Tufts students [who took part]," Tufts junior Judith Neufeld - who organized the Tufts trip to the "March For Women's Lives" - told the Boston Herald.

They were among an estimated 2,500 college students from Massachusetts who headed to Washington for the day-long rally. Media reports estimated the size of the crowd to be in the hundreds of thousands.

"One moment that made the tears well up in my eyes was when I stood on a chair during one of the speeches and I looked back," Neufeld - who is president of Tufts Voices For Choice - told the Herald. "There were people as far as the eye could see."

For many of the college students who attended, the massive rally was a hands-on lesson in political activism.

"I could look next to me and see a million men and women dedicated to the same thing I am, and we all took ridiculous bus trips to get here," said one freshman who made the trip from Boston.

As many newspapers noted, the event was likely the biggest rally many of the students had ever attended.

"I think it will be really difficult for anyone to ignore such a large crowd, so I think this march accomplished its mission," Neufeld, an education major, told the Herald. "I knew it would be something historic and I wanted to be a part of it."

For Neufeld, who would like to work in politics, the trip to Washington had added significance - she was able to march alongside her father.

"He's been my mentor my whole life and experiencing this with him was something I can't put into words," she told the Herald.

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