Women’s Marches planned for all 50 states and more than 40 other global cities. Grassroots efforts from Sydney to Atlanta could top one million participants organizing for freedom and democracy for all.
Boston, MA – The Women’s March on Washington has inspired other “sister marches” to take place on Jan. 21st in Washington, DC, and all over the world. People from across our nation will gather at the intersection of Independence Ave. and Third St. SW, near the U.S. Capitol, at 10 a.m. on January 21, 2017. All 50 states and Puerto Rico are confirmed to have at least one grassroots-led march on that day, as well as 55 global cities on six continents.
While each person may have their own reasons for marching, the mission is to bring people together to stand on issues that deeply impact all of us. The marches will seek to reaffirm the core American values of freedom and democracy for all at a time when many fear that their voices will be lost, specifically related to women’s rights, immigrant rights, worker rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, environmental rights, rights for all races, and religious freedom.
The marches are bringing together people of all backgrounds, races, religions, gender identities, ages and abilities, as well as communities of immigrants. While led by women, all are welcome to attend the marches. More than 300,000 people have signed up to attend a local march, in addition to approximately 200,000 (and growing) who have said they will attend the Women’s March on Washington.
The cities with the largest number of march registrants so far include Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Boston, Denver, San Francisco, New York, Austin and Minneapolis – St. Paul. But even marches in small and non-coastal cities are gaining momentum as well, in places such as Topeka, Nashville, Des Moines, Oklahoma City, Columbus, and Phoenix.
“We’re excited that women across the nation and the world are organizing to stand together in solidarity. Our unity will send a strong and clear message that women and our allies will protect our rights, our health, our safety and our communities,” said Bob Bland, a co-chair of Women’s March on Washington. “These sister marches show a powerful and inclusive movement, which is just as crucial as the thousands who will travel to D.C.”
Asheville to Host Women’s March
The Women’s March on Asheville will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017, organized in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington.
The lead organizer, Dr. Marie Germain, is a university professor and an Asheville resident. Volunteers from across Western North Carolina will join her. “My aim in organizing this march,” is to peacefully show our new administration that we stand together in solidarity with our families and friends for the protection of our rights, safety, and health, says Germain. “We recognize that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our democratic society.”
To help cover event costs, fundraising events will be held with the support of local businesses such as Ben’s Tune Up and The Burger Bar. Any additional funds raised will be donated to local nonprofit organizations. The march will commence at 11 a.m. at Pack Square and move through the heart of downtown Asheville. All who support the march’s goals are welcome to join the peaceful gathering.