The Women’s March returns in 2018
The 2017 Womens’ Marches, which took place in Washington D.C., NYC, Chicago, and throughout the world on January 21, 2017, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, brought out millions of people, including many musicians. A year later, the Women’s March returns. This year the main event moves from D.C. to Las Vegas, NV, at Sam Boyd Stadium on January 21, and is called Women’s March Anniversary: Power To The Polls. From the organizer’s website:
On January 21, 2018, Women’s March will gather in Las Vegas, Nevada for Women’s March: Power to the Polls, an event that will launch a national voter registration tour one year after the historic Women’s March on Washington. This next stage of the movement will channel the energy and activism of the Women’s March into tangible strategies and concrete wins in 2018.
The national voter registration tour will target swing states to register new voters, engage impacted communities, harness our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values, and collaborate with our partners to elect more women and progressives candidates to office. The coordinated campaign will build upon Women’s March’s ongoing work uplifting the voices and campaigns of the nation’s most marginalized communities to create transformative social and political change.
On the heels of the Women’s Convention, which brought over 5,000 activists and future leaders to Detroit, and with November’s sweeping victories–from the first openly transgender woman of color winning an election to public office, to the first Asian American woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, to first Sikh American to be elected mayor of the city, to the first-ever Latina women elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, to seven cities electing their first Black mayors, and so many more–Women’s March aims to convert the groundswell of momentum and activism into direct electoral power.
Free registration is open via the Power to the Polls website.
In NYC, the 2018 edition of the Women’s March happens on Saturday, January 20. A pre-march rally at Central Park West and 61st/62nd streets will start at 11:30 AM, with the march following at 12:30 PM. The march route will begin at Central Park West and 72nd St, with exits on 6th Ave and 43rd/44th/45th streets. For more information and to register, visit the 2018 Women’s March on NYC or their Facebook. See pictures from the 2017 Women’s March in NYC in the gallery above.
For other Womens’ Marches throughout the country and world, there’s an ongoing event listing on Facebook. If you can’t make it to a march, the Las Vegas event will stream live, as will the NYC pre-march rally. For some chanting inspiration while marching, we’d like to return to short piece of music Fiona Apple wrote with composer Michael Whalen. It goes, “we don’t want your tiny hands/anywhere near our underpants,” and you can listen to it below.