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Nearly 75 people march along U.S. Highway 101 in downtown Brookings on Saturday during the Women’s March. Photo by Brian Williams. 

This year’s Women’s March will occur in Brookings. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2, with a half-mile walk along Brooking’s commercial corridor - ending at the Bankus Fountain across the highway from city hall.

“We are hoping to have a good turnout, but people are afraid to come out,” said Brookings resident and organizer of the march, Vicki Bradley.

Bradley said that she believes the fear stems from two factors - COVID-19, and this year’s focus on reproductive rights.

“This is really a grass roots march for women that focuses on various rights, but these issues have become very political,” Bradley added.

This will be the fourth year of the Women’s March in Brookings and other cities across the nation. One year was cancelled due to the pandemic.

According to the Women’s March mission statement on their website, the movement began in 2017 in response to concerns about a lack of political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. In its inaugural year, and the day after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, the march drew estimated crowds of up to five million people across the U.S.

“We are hoping to get 50 or more this year,” said Bradley.

The Women’s March website states that this year’s focus is showing opposition to a recent law in Texas that bootstraps two restrictions to reproductive rights: A ban of all abortions after six weeks and allowing private citizens to sue abortion providers or anyone who helps a women obtain an abortion.

The event will begin at noon and walkers will meet at a public parking lot across the street from the Redwood Theatre, located at 621 Chetco Ave. The group will march along Chetco, then will proceed north along the 101 until they reach the Bankus Fountain, which sits in front of the Grocery Outlet.

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