The Women’s March in 2017 brought millions of women in “pussy hats” together to form the largest single-day protest in U.S. history.
The event changed protest norms in the modern era. Witty signs and t-shirts made headlines across the country and even around the world. This weekend (Jan. 20-21) the protest will return once more in hopes of re-empowering equality, directing activism into “tangible strategies and concrete wins in 2018,” and commemorating 365 days of resistance.
The official kickoff will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, Jan. 21. The Women’s March founders chose Vegas as the main location for the protest because of its relevance to this year’s theme, “Power to the Polls.” LVN is viewed as the frontline for the 2018 midterm elections, not to mention, the city “was rocked by the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history” just last year, making it worth praising.
“It was very relevant for us to go to Washington, DC, last year to send a message we were all united,” Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour told CNN. “When 2018 came around, we had to be really strategic about what message we want to come out of this gathering. And in order for us to put forth a strong message that women are going to lead the victories in 2018 electorally, we had to go to a state that was relevant. We chose Nevada.”
The Women’s March LV will go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sam Boyd Stadium.
The event will feature celebrities, speakers, and activists alike. Faith Evans, Melissa Harris-Perry, Marisa Tomei, and activists from Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matters and other organizations are just some that will be offering their support this upcoming weekend. The entire kickoff will be live-streamed on the official event website.
If you aren’t in Las Vegas or in a major city, the Women’s March has created a searchable database, making it fairly simple to find a protest near you. More than 250 sister events will take place this Saturday, Jan. 20. This movement has reached state coordinators in 35 different states, as well as more than 5,000 local groups termed “huddles” across all 50 states. There is also a Women’s March Facebook page that has an entire list of their events if you want to become further involved.
Washington, D.C. and New York City expect to have the largest attendance.
The Women’s March NYC will go on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at 72nd and Central Park West. The event will have a pre-march rally at 11:30 a.m., followed by the actual march at 12:30 p.m. Marchers will travel south toward Times Square, stopping between 61st and 62nd on Central Park West.
The Women’s March DC will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the march beginning at 11 a.m. at the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. After these events, the Women’s March founders will visit 10 swing states as part of a national tour that will focus on motivating citizens to take political action. The founders will partner with local progressive groups to host training conventions, rallies, and voter registration events.
As a Los Angeles native, it’s only natural that I highlight further event details for the Women’s March Los Angeles.
Last year (2017), The Women’s March Los Angeles drew an estimated 750,000 people to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles. Like millions of others, Angelenos gathered in support of women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties, and social justice. This year Los Angeles dwellers, local politicians, civic leaders, musicians, actors, and activists will come together Saturday, Jan. 20.
The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Pershing Square (532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013). The march will start at 10 a.m. and end around 3 p.m. in Grand Park (200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012). If you absolutely cannot make it, the march is expected to stream live on the Women’s March LA Foundation Facebook page. You can also pick up free Femme Fist posters thanks to For All Womankind at a Garmentory boutique near you!
“This resistance needs all of us, every day, fighting for the collective liberation of all people,” The Women’s March Global website reads. “Because none of us are free until ALL of us are free.”