“March in solidarity from Lincoln Memorial to White House to show our strength, power and courage and demonstrate our disapproval of the new president and his values in a peaceful march. Daughters and granddaughters welcome as well as like-minded men, sons, grandsons. Invite your friends, family and co-workers. Spread the word! Let the world know we women stand with all women! No woman is free unless all women are free.”
This is the call to action from the Women’s March on Washington, of which over 194,000 people are planning to attend. The march is scheduled for Saturday, the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
There will also be over 600 smaller sister marches that are coming together in every state. You can find a March near you here. There have been 1,200 tour buses that have applied for permits to park at the RFK stadium that day.
That comes out to six times the number that have applied for spots on the day of Trump’s swearing in. Many men and women are upset over our new President-elect and are not afraid to show it. According to national sister march spokeswoman Yordanos Eyoel,
“This is a global movement. This is something that was catalyzed by the organizers of the March on Washington, but it is a call to action to people across this country and around the world who believe in the same mission and principles.”
Volunteers are inspired by the Women’s March on Washington and have organized the events locally and will have their own programming.
These smaller marches will have a touch of local culture. Per their press release:
“The march in Maui, Hawaii, for example, will begin with a moment of silence and a traditional Hawaiian blessing. The march in Birmingham, Alabama, will begin at the 16th Baptist Church, an icon of the civil rights era that was recently declared a national monument.”
The biggest marches outside of Washington D.C. are planned in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Boston, Denver, San Francisco, Austin, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
To mark the global scope of this movement, there are marches being coordinated in other countries to voice their support of the movement.
Internationally, 55 marches have been planned in cities such as Paris, Sydney, and Nairobi. Eyoel expalins,
“The aim is not to detract from the March on Washington in any way, but to encourage people everywhere to join in as a “non-partisan,” not explicitly “anti-Trump” march.”