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Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive, immediately south of the Petrillo Bandshell
When: Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 10 AM
Learn More: womens121marchonchicago.org

In Chicago, as thousands of women and their allies will brave the cold to rally downtown on January 21 in solidarity with others around the world. The Women’s March on Chicago honors women’s marches planned for Washington, D.C. and dozens of other U.S. cities on January 21, the day after the presidential inauguration, to make their diverse voices heard by a new administration.

Chicago marchers will stand together for women’s civil liberties and rights and to signal that their diverse communities are the strength of our country.

“We are the women of Chicago. We are varied races, ethnicities, ages, religions, sexual identities, economic situations, politics, and countless other diversities, and we will share space on January 21 to protect our rights and our humanity,” said Liz Radford, one of the organizers. “We are marching to voice protests and concerns because our rights, safety, and values are at stake. The mission of this march is to connect, protect, and activate in our communities.”

“We are actively spreading the word throughout Chicago and the suburbs to recruit marchers and supporters,” said Lisa DeSantiago, one of the organizers. “We are here for equality and justice – everybody in this group wants it and will fight for it.”

The grassroots effort started in mid-November 2016 when several women met online and felt compelled to combat the divisive rhetoric of the presidential campaign. In five weeks, more than 22,000 interested marchers have connected online. Nearly 10,000 people registered with the official Facebook page of the event within 48 hours of the launch earlier this week.

“We’re planning and hoping for the largest women’s Rally and March outside of Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 21, 2017,” said Ann Scholhamer, one of the March Co-Chairs. “We have been hard at work with our dedicated volunteers to confirm an incredible slate of speakers, representing issues brought to light during the campaign and diverse issues of concern to Chicago women.”

Speakers include:

Ari Afsar: from the cast of Hamilton (Speaker and Performer during Rally)
Jean Albright: Master Sergeant (retired) U.S. Air Force
Eman Hassaballa Aly: Community Activist
Faith Arnold: SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Fight for $15
Eloise Diaz Bahrmasel, RISE Movement
Rabbi Shoshanah Conover: Temple Sholom of Chicago
Tamar Manasseh: Mothers Against Senseless Killings
Fawzia Mirza: Actor/Producer
Karen Olivo: from the cast of Hamilton (Speaker and Performer during Rally)
Sara Paretsky: Author, Sisters in Crime Creator
Channyn Lynne Parker: Transgender activist, TransLife Project Manager
Rahnee Patrick: Independent Living at Access Living
Maria Pesqueria: President, Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley: Hadiya Pendleton Foundation
Tiffany Pryor: Executive Director, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
Liz Radford & Ann Scholhamer: Co-Chairs of the Women’s March on Chicago
Samantha Marie Ware: from the cast of Hamilton (Speaker and Performer during Rally)
Reyna Wences: Organized Communities Against Deportations
Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Esq.: National RainbowPUSH Coalition

Pre-rally musical entertainment begins at 9:30 a.m. Marchers are welcome to arrive on site after 8:30 a.m. Starting at 10 a.m., Ari Afsar, Karen Olivo, and Samantha Marie Ware from the cast of Hamilton will speak and perform. A diverse line-up of speakers including representatives from Planned Parenthood, Youth for Black Lives, Mothers Against Senseless Killings, author Sara Paretsky, Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley of the Hadiya Pendleton Foundation and more will highlight the rally. At around 11:30 a.m., marchers will head west on Jackson to Michigan and around the Loop, finishing up back on Jackson Boulevard near Federal Plaza with a final rallying cry. Jackson Boulevard west of Lake Shore Drive and Columbus will remain closed if marchers wish to informally congregate until 2 p.m.

The excitement on the March’s social media platforms and through the March’s partnerships “reflects a Chicago coalition against policies and ideologies born of oppression of women, intolerance, and inequality,” organizers of the march stated. This movement has gone global, with more than 200 sister protests and marches planned worldwide. Support from Chicago and surrounding areas is building. Organizers are encouraging women and allies to put ‘feet in the street’ as a visual demonstration of the power of this event too large to ignore.

Attendance numbers for the march continue to grow rapidly, now with more than 120 registered supporting organizations sending marchers and more than 22,000 people confirmed to attend on the March’s social media platforms.

Information on accessibility, speakers, and the march route are available at womensmarchchicago.org. Due to the rally location change, some information is still being updated. Please check back for updated information.

SOURCE Women’s March on Chicago

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For more information, please visit the website: womens121marchonchicago.org, or go to the Facebook page: womensmarchonchicago.

info@womens121marchonchicago.org #WHYIMARCH womens121marchonchicago.org
Go to the webpage for information about supporting organizations: womens121marchonchicago.org. For access and other information, check out the FAQ section of the March website www.womens121marchonchicago.org or go to the Facebook page: womensmarchonchicago. Join this movement and tell us why you are marching at #womensmarchchi and #whyImarch.

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