Over 10,000 people gathered gathered at Washington Square Park on Elysian Fields Ave. last January, standing in solidarity with the millions who marched nationwide to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration. An estimated 500,000 protesters came together in Washington, D.C. alone, making the 2017 Women’s March the largest single-day protest in American history by far. In New Orleans, tens of thousands gathered for a parade through the French Quarter to Downtown.
After a year of insulting rhetoric and catastrophic policies, Trump remains in office, and the protests continue. This year’s Women’s March will take place on Saturday, Jan. 20. New Orleans’ chapter will convene at Duncan Plaza (349 Loyola Ave.) at 12 p.m. and begin moving down Rampart St. at 1 p.m, ending in front of City Hall on Perdido St. by 4 p.m.
According to organizers, “Every day we wake up to a new affront to all Americans. Whether it’s taking away healthcare, increasing taxes for the middle class to benefit the wealthy, state sponsored racism and travel bans, sexual assaults on women, we all have something to stand up and fight for. Women will make the difference in changing these policies, and we must stand up and be heard.”
A Go Fund Me page has been created to raise money for permit fees, police support, porta-potties and a professional cleaning crew. Visit the event page here, and come out on Saturday to show your support for women’s rights, human rights, and equality for all.