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Third annual Women's March will include community outreach and education

 

Last updated 1/19/2019 at 9:30am



RIVERSIDE - Hundreds of citizens, activists, and political leaders are expected to participate in the third annual Women's March Inland Empire on Saturday, Jan. 19, with Congresswoman Norma Torres, Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes and Redlands Councilwoman Denise Davis expected to be among the speakers.

The march, which was first organized as part of the "resistance'' during the 2017 inauguration of President Donald Trump, has drawn hundreds of thousands of people in Riverside and elsewhere as part of a nationwide series of marches, including in Los Angeles, Orange County, Washington D.C., and New York.

This year's Inland Empire march is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon at the Riverside Historic Courthouse, 4050 Main St. in downtown Riverside.

March organizer Bobbie Jo Chavarria told KVCR radio she is especially looking forward to welcoming and mentoring women and others who are marching for the first time this year.

"I'm there to cheer on the women who haven't done this before, this is their first time, and really paying attention to how the political and cultural climate of our country right now is detrimental to a lot of folks and impacting all of us in different ways,'' Chavarria said. "I'm looking forward to having another opportunity to connect with women and the families and the folks who support women's voices.''

During the march, organizers plan to conduct teach-ins where community issues will be discussed to educate and empower individuals who want to get more involved. They also plan to take a "community pulse'' by asking participants to list the top five issues they are most concerned about, and then connecting them with community groups that can help them become more active.

Chavarria said the mood of this year's march is somewhat uncertain because many women candidates successfully ran for office during the 2018 Midterm Election, but the federal government has been shutdown for nearly a month, leaving roughly 800,000 federal workers without pay and citizens without valuable services.

"Are we celebrating and excited for some of the results of the election or are we really frustrated and angry at the daily onslaught ... like our federal government workers,'' Chavarria said. "But a lot are just excited about the fact that we are actually taking to the streets.''

Music will be provided by the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus and the Riverside Revival Resistance Chorus.

The march will also be streamed on Facebook Live at http://www.facebook.com/WomensMarchIE.

Participants are encouraged to bring earbuds to clearly hear the speeches and other festivities.

Additional information is available at http://www.womensmarchca.com or on social media under the username WomensMarchIE.

 

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