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Women's March on Chicago scheduled for Saturday, January 21

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The Women’s March on Chicago has obtained a rally permit for Saturday, Jan. 21.

The event will start with music at 9 a.m. and the rally will commence at 10 a.m., immediately followed by a march through Downtown Chicago.

The march will begin at the Petrillo Bandshell and head west on Jackson, then north on Michigan, west on Adams, north on Dearborn, west on Randolph, south on Clark, and east on Jackson back to Grant Park. There will be a stopping point at Federal Plaza for those who do not wish to walk the entire route.

“We’re planning and hoping for the largest women’s rally and march outside of Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Jan. 21,” said Ann Scholhamer, one of the march co-chairs. “We have been hard at work with our dedicated volunteers to confirm an incredible slate of speakers, representing issues brought to light during the campaign and diverse issues of concern to Chicago women.”

The list of speakers includes the following:

* Ari Afsar, from the cast of Hamilton.

* 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, from the cast of Hamilton.

* 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, Women’s March on Chicago.

* Samantha Marie Ware, from the cast of Hamilton.

* Reyna Wences, Organized Communities Against Deportations.

* Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Esq., National RainbowPUSH Coalition.

The growing excitement in advance of the march “reflects a Chicago coalition against policies and ideologies born of oppression of women, intolerance, and inequality,” march organizers said. “This movement has gone global, with more than 200 sister protests and marches planned worldwide. Support from Chicago and surrounding areas is building. Organizers are encouraging women and allies to put ‘feet in the street’ as a visual demonstration of the power of this event too large to ignore.”

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Posted 1/13/2017




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