Last January, millions of people around the world came together for the first Women’s March. If you weren’t able to make it out last year, here is another chance to show solidarity! However, before you go, there are a few details you should know. In fact, there are 5 essential things you need to know about the second annual Women’s March. Keep reading for the who, what, where, when, and why!
When is it Happening?
Depending on where you live in the US, the events will either take place on January 20th or January 21st. The city that began it all will have their Women’s March on the 20th. However, the official kickoff celebration is not until the 21st. Internationally, dates vary between the 20th and 21st as well. To know exactly when your local march is occurring, check out a map here.
Where is it Happening?
The largest public protests are going down in New York City and Washington, DC. However, the official kickoff rally will be celebrated in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you don’t live close to one of these cities or can’t afford to fly, don’t worry. There are at minimum 700 other locations around the world participating in round 2! If you want to find the demonstration closest to you, the 2018 Women’s March Facebook Page features all the events planned. Be sure to like, join, and invite your friends!
Who is Contributing?
Speakers at the Las Vegas rally vary from Planned Parenthood activists to speaker Melissa Harris-Perry. Also included are Black Lives Matters activists and actress Marisa Tomei. In Chicago, Ari Asfar and the cast members of Hamilton will be making an appearance. Additionally, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D) and Bill Foster (D) will be speaking. In terms of performances, DJ Heather will be there to spin in the name of poll power.
Why is it Happening?
In 2018, the citizens of the US will again be able to vote on who they want to represent them in Washington. If enough people turn out to vote for progressive representatives, Americans can change the projection of their country.
That is why Power to the Polls is the theme of the second annual Women’s March. The main objective this year is to increase awareness of the power of each and every vote. However, it is up to individual woman to use that awareness to realize and own her power. One way to empower yourself and other like-minded people is to vote in the 2018 midterm elections!
So why is Las Vegas the location of the Women’s March rally this year? Nevada is going to be a powerful swing state in this year’s Senate race. Since 2018’s theme is to power to the poles, the presence of women and male allies marching down the street sends a powerful message. In addition, Las Vegas was the scene of the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States.
However, Vegas is just the beginning of what promises to be a successful national tour to mobilize and register voters. The founders of the movement will be traveling to 10 important states with close races. The hope is to get more women, and progressives in general, registered to vote. According to Huffpost, they will be holding rallies, town halls, and candidate trainings.
The end goal is to get more forward thinking candidates elected, whether male or female.
What is the Future of the Women’s March?
If you are participating somewhere other than the US, you may notice your theme is look back, march forward. Internationally, these days are for celebrating the achievements over the last year. Including how well believers in equality stayed connected worldwide.
Additionally, the 20th and 21st are days of renewed commitment to bring about lasting change in the Global community.