When over four million people from around the world gathered the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration last year for the inaugural Women’s March, they made history. This year, the Women’s March organizers aim to harness that collective energy and mobilize the masses again. This time, with a new focus.
This year’s march, which will take place around the country with the main event located in Las Vegas, will kick-off the organization’s national voter registration and mobilization tour, targeting swing states.
“[The] Women’s March has created a powerful movement that has ignited thousands of activists and new leaders,” said Women’s March Co-Chair Tamika Mallory on the organization’s website. “In 2018, we must turn our work into action ahead of the midterms. This new initiative will address voter registration and voter suppression head on. We marched for justice in DC, we created our plan in Detroit, and now we’re bringing the power of the polls to Nevada.”
Here’s everything you need to know for this weekend.
Where to March:
The majority of the marches will be held on Saturday, January 20, including the marches in Washington DC and New York City. The Women’s March kickoff event in Las Vegas, Nevada, however, is scheduled for Sunday, January 21.
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Women’s March organization is hosting its #PowerToThePolls event, kicking off the national voter registration and mobilization tour. The event starts at 10 AM at Sam Boyd Stadium and will run until 4 PM.
New York City
The New York March starts with a rally at 11:30 AM at 61st Street and Central Park West. At 12:30 PM, organizers plan to march south toward downtown. The march will end at 46th Street and 6th Avenue.
The DC March starts at 11 AM at the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool. It will begin with a rally featuring several speakers followed by a march on the White House.
The Dallas March starts at 10 AM on Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church and will end at Pike Park where organizers will hold a rally.
The Chicago March rally starts at 11 AM on Saturday. with the march beginning at 12:30 PM in downtown Chicago.
The LA March will kick off with a rally at 8:30 AM on Saturday at Pershing Square. The march will officially begin at 10 AM and head towards City Hall.
The march begins at 10 AM on Saturday at Cal Anderson Park, heading to the Seattle Center.
If you aren’t near any of the above locations, there are over 600 planned sister marches planned worldwide and the Women’s March organization has created a searchable database making it easy to find an event near you.
Things to Bring and Remember:
Last year, thousands of pink pussy hats flooded the nation during the Women’s March. While these hats had symbolic meaning, they were also very handy in the cold. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and to check the weather before you head out.
Don’t forget to bring a sign. If you need inspiration, take a look at some of last year’s signs. Organizers do suggest that signs be made out of paper, poster board, or cardboard.
What to Do if You Can’t Make It:
If you are unable to participate in the events this weekend, you can watch the Las Vegas event here on Sunday. Additionally, here are a few other ways you can still participate:
Make protest signs and banners for others. That’s the idea behind artist Aram Han Sifuentes Protest Banner Lending Library.
Organize a potluck before or after this weekend’s events to help further discussion and community engagement.
ocalize your support on social media. This year’s hashtag is #PowertothePolls.
Educate yourself about the elections in your community. Research candidates and learn about their platforms, whether they are running for school board or for the senate.
Register to vote in your district. Then encourage your friends and family to, too.