Women’s March supporters to hold Baltimore march and rally on Saturday

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Baltimore activists participated in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., in 2017. Photo by Xandra Ellin, via Jmore.

Baltimore will join nearly 400 Women’s Marches happening across the United States this weekend.

Attendees of Baltimore’s march will gather at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the U.S. District Courthouse, located at 101 W. Lombard St.

The march will begin at noon and proceed to Baltimore City Hall, located at 100 Holliday St., for a rally where demonstrators will hear from an array of speakers.

The rally speakers will include Ateira Griffin, CEO and founder of Building Our Nation’s Daughters; Diana Philip, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland; Karen Nelson, co-CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates for Maryland, D.C., and NoVA; Brittany Oliver, founder of Not Without Black Women; Iya Dammons, executive director of Baltimore Safe Haven; Lucia Islas, president of Comite Latino; and Noureen Badwi, chair of Baltimore County Youth Speaks.

SONiA from the band Disappear Fear will also play at City Hall as people arrive for the rally.

Philip said the Women’s Marches in Baltimore and across the country give people an opportunity to express their vision for the United States and what they see at stake in this election cycle.

“People are looking for a way to connect and demonstrate that they still believe in democracy and all the rights we have established in building this nation,” Philip said in a statement. “All of our most fundamental rights and freedoms are on the line, including reproductive freedom, healthcare, LGBTQ+ rights, gender equality, voting rights, civil rights, immigrant rights, and so many others.”

This weekend’s event comes less than three weeks before Election Day on Nov. 3, with millions of Americans already having voted with mail-in ballots or at early voting sites.

The march and rally will also come after the fourth and final day of Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the seat left vacant by the death of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Baltimore Women’s March is being sponsored by Baltimore Women United; NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland; Planned Parenthood Advocates for MD, DC and NoVA; Latino Racial Justice Circle; Comite Latino de Baltimore; Building Our Nation’s Daughters; Baltimore Rising; and more.

People who cannot attend the march and rally in person will be able to watch a livestream of the event on the Baltimore Women’s March 2020 Facebook page.

Marcus Dieterle


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