The Women’s March on Washington state takes place this Saturday in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. and other marches across the country and internationally. A day after the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, hundreds of thousands of women and their allies will take to the streets in peaceful, silent protest of recent comments, insults and threats that have left women and minority groups feeling targeted and vulnerable.
“The Women’s March…will send a bold message to our new government,” the mission statement proclaims, “that women’s rights are human rights. We will stand together exercising our freedom of speech and of assembly, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending us all.” Many are frustrated, fearful and uncertain about the next four years of government in the United States. The Women’s March on Washington is a means to channel that fear into a united, hopeful movement.
In Washington state, at least a dozen sister marches have been organized in Bellingham, Spokane and elsewhere, with Seattle’s march projected to draw between 30,000 and 50,000 attendees. Such a turnout would make it the third-largest protest in the nation, behind Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. All those taking part are urged to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings, thereby ensuring a safe, smooth protest. Supporters in Olympia are invited to begin their march at Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol Campus, where a speaker will kick off the event and send marchers on their way to Heritage Park. A rally will follow the march around 11:30 a.m. on the Capitol steps.
A full map of the Olympia route may be found at the final link below.
What: Women’s March Washington State (Olympia)
Where: Tivoli Fountain,
Washington State Capitol Campus,
416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21
How much: free