Women’s March will take place over weekend

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About 8,000 activists, including WGHS students and teachers, gather downtown Jan. 20, 2018, for the St. Louis Women’s March for Truth. This year’s march will begin Saturday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. and is planned to occur regardless of a winter weather advisory. Photo by Greg Frazier

The Women’s March has happen each year since January 2016. This march takes place all across the country. The one in St. Louis  will occur on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m.

The weather will be quite cold, but the event will not be cancelled.

After the march, speakers will share experiences. In past years, speakers have included Senator Claire McCaskill and legislator Maria Chapel-Nadal. This year’s speakers are yet to be announced.

About the event, Stlwomensmarch.com said, “Be the change you wish to see in your community! After the march concludes in Poelker Park, vendors, nonprofits and community organizations will be set up to offer volunteer and outreach opportunities here in St. Louis.”

Freshman Sisi Desuza went to the 2017 Women’s March on Washington.

Desuza said, “It was one of the most powerful moments of my life; all those women and men coming together as one united force.”

Recently the Women’s March, has been under fire due to allegations of antisemitism. The rumors and doubts held by some has caused some loss of support for the Women’s March. Less money is being donated, and marches across the country have already been cancelled due to insufficient funds and perceived lack of attendance.

However, the allegations of antisemitism are not directed at all marches, mainly the National Women’s March, which is a separate entity from most other “sister” marches. The St. Louis march is not in relation to the National Women’s March.  

The STL Women’s March Facebook page stated, “We do not receive any funding or direction from any sister march. We rely solely on you, our local community, to support our record breaking event.”

 

Rosa Parks – Social Manager

Rosa Parks, senior, is a second year ECHO student, and has made contributions to the paper during Journalism and the ECHO newspaper 2017-2018.

 


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