January 11, 2017

Women's March on Chicago expected to atract thousands

Starting at 10am at the Petrillo Bandshell the day after Inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, the Women's March on Chicago will take to the streets of downtown Chicago on January 21. More than 9,000 participants will walk along the route, which heads west on Jackson, up Michigan Avenue and eventually back to Grant Park. The march will be one of more than 250 others in cities around the world happening simultaneously with the mother of them all, the Women's March on Washington.

The rally will feature more than 15 guest speakers that include:
Ari Afsar: Hamilton cast member (Speaker/Performer during Rally)
Jean Albright: Master Sergeant (retired) U.S. Air Force
Eman Hassaballa Aly: Community Activist
Faith Arnold: SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Fight for $15
Eloise Diaz Bahrmasel: RISE Movement
Rabbi Shoshanah Conover: Temple Sholom of Chicago
Tamar Manasseh: Mothers Against Senseless Killings
Fawzia Mirza: Actor/Producer
Karen Olivo: Hamilton cast member (Speaker/Performer during Rally)
Sara Paretsky: Author, Sisters in Crime Creator
Channyn Lynne Parker: Transgender activist, TransLife Project Manager
Rahnee Patrick: Independent Living at Access Living
Maria Pesqueria: President, Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley: Hadiya Pendleton Foundation
Tiffany Pryor: Executive Director, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
Liz Radford & Ann Scholhamer: Co-Chairs of the Women’s March on Chicago
Samantha Marie Ware: Hamilton cast member (Speaker/Performer during Rally)
Reyna Wences: Organized Communities Against Deportations
Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Esq.: National RainbowPUSH Coalition

The purpose of the march is to bring to the forefront the voices women to support and further women’s rights and civil liberties. Organizers encourage men who support women's rights and allies to the cause to join the march. While reproductive rights is the primary focus of the Saturday morning rally, organizers say that immigration, gun violence, LGBTQ rights, civil liberties, racial equality as well as respect for different faiths are other hot button concerns that could be addressed during the event.

In just a few months after co-creators Ann Scholhamer and Liz Radford made the commitment to put the march on the map, they have gathered an impressive list of organizational support from the Chicagoland area made up of political action groups, churches and union organizations. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 704, National Organization for Women (NOW) and Democratic Women of DuPage County are a sample of the clout donating and volunteering resources or committed to participating in the march.

As of this article, the Chicago march shows almost ten thousand individuals will be in attendance according to the Facebook event page.

Organizers encourage marchers to create signs that address the issue closest to their heart. Signs constructively expressing concerns, hopes or call to action worded constructively are also welcomed.

For more information on the Women's March on Chicago go to their website at http://womens121marchonchicago.org or their Facebook event page.

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