Women’s March takes next national protest to Las Vegas in 2018
Pink pussyhats on the Las Vegas strip? You can count on it.
In an e-mail to its supporters, the national Women’s March organization announced Thursday that it will mobilize in Las Vegas on Jan. 21, 2018, the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington.
“It has been almost one year since the Women’s March. Since then, we have witnessed constant attacks on our health care, our bodies, our communities, and today, our Internet. And we have not stopped fighting back,” the e-mail said.
“To celebrate our one-year anniversary, Women’s March will hold a mass mobilization in Las Vegas, Nevada. Together, we will show this administration that women are not backing down.”
In addition, rallies, marches and voter registration drives are planned in states around the country on that weekend, which includes the one-year anniversary of the first day of President Donald Trump’s administration.
Why Las Vegas for the national event in 2018?
“Nevada has recent experience with some of the most pressing issues facing women in our nation today, from gun violence to politicians accused of sexual assault,” the organization said in its e-mail. “As a swing-state that will shape the Senate in 2018 and as home to a strong activist network, Nevada is the perfect place to commemorate the Women’s March and continue building our electoral power.”
The goal is to target key swing states and get women voters to the polls to influence the mid-term election, putting progressive candidates in office who can advance the agenda of the Women’s March. That agenda ranges from advancing women’s rights to the rights of immigrants, people of color, laborers, the LGBTQ community and more.
Women’s March Michigan, the state organization that sprung from a national swell of feminist sentiment after the November 2016 presidential election, plans to march on Lansing and Marquette.
“Michiganders will unite one year later at the steps of the state Capitol on Jan. 21, 2018, to celebrate the strides we’ve made so far and to make plans to build our future,” the organization wrote on its Facebook page.
Women’s March Michigan also launched a crowd-funded YouCaring page, soliciting online donations for “a sound system, insurance, signage, clean bathrooms and warming areas and anything that helps make the event accessible and free to all who want to march.” Donation dollars also will be used for handouts, workshops and maintaining a calendar of events.
To learn more about events in Michigan, go to www.womensmarchmichigan.org. To donate to its YouCaring page, go to: https://www.youcaring.com/womensmarchmichigan-1025897.
To learn more about the national Women’s March organization, go to www.womensmarch.com.
— Kristen Jordan Shamus
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