Brookings and Port Orford citizens will join millions of Americans — and people outside the United States — in the second annual Women’s March Saturday to “harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.”
In Brookings, a sign-making rally begins at 10 a.m. at Redwood Theater before the 11 a.m. march starting at the Democratic Headquarters, 621 Chetco Ave.
Publicity chair Teresa Lawson said she hopes this year’s group is even larger than last year, which she said attracted more than 250 people.
Hosted by a “grassroots group of diverse, concerned people,” the march is being held because “in our America, all people are equal, love wins, disabilities are respected, people and the planet are valued over profit, and diversity is celebrated,” Lawson said last year.
Another group will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Battle Rock Wayside in Port Orford.
“We are marching for women, for men, children, families,” the national website reads. “For equal pay for equal work, for income equality, for an end to discrimination, for immigrants, for intelligence and integrity in government, for voting rights, for health care for all. For our oceans and forest, for our planet. For peace.”
Crescent City, too, will begin its event at 10 a.m. at the Crescent Elk Auditorium for speeches and songs before heading out to march to U.S. 101. Supporters will then return to the auditorium for a “call to action.”
Last year, the event attracted throngs of people to march in support of women’s rights in the face of Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump as president.
The march was a local offshoot from a coinciding protest in Washington, D.C., where tens of thousands of women, most wearing so-called “pussy hats” — bright pink caps with pussy-cat ears — expressed their discontent.
The national Women’s March website says the event is committed to “dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.”
This year, marchers say they are not marching so much in protest as they are in empowerment.
“Some may see these marches as protest, but they are being promoted as a true American act of democracy by giving voice to what issues are important in America, Oregon, Curry County and to Americans,” Lawson said. “We were answering a call to show up and be counted as those who believe in a world that is equitable, tolerant, just and safe for all; one in which the human rights and dignity of each person is protected and our planet is safe from destruction.”
March coordinators at the national level said the event is “grounded in the nonviolent ideology of the Civil Rights movement,” and noted that last year’s march was the largest coordinated protest in U.S. history and one of the largest in world history. Millions participated in the U.S., and were joined in solidarity by people on all continents.