By Erin Thibeau
The Women’s March on Washington — which takes place Saturday — has spread to 57 countries around the world, with more than 616 “sister marches” planned for the same date.
The event is a “grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level” directed by four national co-chairs and a national coordinating committee, according to the website.
Inclusiveness and diversity are a key emphasis of the march: all are welcome to attend.
Organizers recently released its official policy platform, a strikingly progressive statement that includes a wide range of issue areas.
These “Unity Principles” are: ending violence, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) rights, worker’s rights, civil rights, rights for people with disabilities, immigrant rights and environmental justice. Read up on the platform here.
The Women’s March promises to be the largest demonstration connected to Trump’s inauguration, with more than 200,000 people expected to attend.
The rally begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 21. There is a program of speakers and performers on the stage between 3rd and 4th on Independence Avenue, facing northwest. The march will begin at 1:15 p.m., starting from Independence and Third, near the U.S. Capitol. The official route is mapped out below, courtesy of the event’s website.
To accommodate the crowds, the Metrorail system will open at 5 a.m. and add up to two dozen additional trains as part of Metro’s “enhanced Saturday schedule” here.
The event’s mission statement declares: “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
“Ultimately we want to have the attention focused on Congress and lifting up our concerns to them,” Head of Logistics Janaye Ingram told the “Washington Post.”
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem will serve as honorary co-chair of the Women’s March with civil rights activist and singer Harry Belafonte. See the full list of speakers here.
The march has more than 100 partners, including the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP, Planned Parenthood and Amnesty International.
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