Anniversary of Women’s March: from Protest to Action

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Last year, about 1,500 people joined the Annapolis Women's March, in addition to all those who marched in DC and elsewhere. Photo from Eve Hurwitz.

On January 21st of 2017, America saw an incredible turnout of people and energy for the Women’s March, as women and men throughout the country signaled their intent to keep our country on an inclusive path to peace, justice, and equality for all. The 2017 Women’s March was the largest single protest in U.S. history.

A year later, that energy has borne fruit: Grassroots groups and social justice organizations have sprung up or become reinvigorated, leading to unprecedented engagement with political leadership at national, state and local levels.

On the anniversary weekend of the Women’s March, cities around the country will hold anniversary events, including Annapolis. March On Maryland is taking the lead in organizing the Annapolis March, and interested leaders and organizers are invited to participate in the planning. Supporting organizations already include Action Annapolis, Anne Arundel County IndivisibleAnne Arundel Huddle Network, Connecting The Dots, March On, Progressive Maryland, Take Action AAC, Together We Will, and WISE.

To build on the momentum of the past year, this year’s event will highlight the work already being done and invite participants to join the many organizations that are effectively resisting government policies that hurt Americans. March On Maryland is launching March On The Polls, a national March On initiative that begins with voter engagement, education, and registration, and culminates with marches to polling locations on Election Day for primary and general elections.

The Annapolis march on January 20th will begin with a rally at Lawyers’ Mall in front of the State House in Annapolis at 11 a.m. Newly elected mayor Gavin Buckley will speak, and community leaders and organizers will inform the expected crowd of over 2,000 people about what the organizations are doing and how one can get involved. At noon, participants will march from Lawyers’ Mall through downtown Annapolis to Susan Campbell Park.

The organizers are planning a follow-up Conference for Change in the spring.  Stay tuned.

To RSVP for the event and get on the list for more information, go to MobilizeMaryland.com. If you or your organization want to sponsor, partner, or participate in the planning, email info@marchonmd.org. Thank you and we’ll see you on January 20th, 2018!

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