Last year’s Women’s March on January 21, 2017 was bigger than anyone could have expected, followed by a year none of us could have predicted. Victories in women’s rights, both big and small, were seen throughout the world in 2017, and the #MeToo movement echoed throughout Hollywood and into the homes of our friends and family.

Here we are now, in 2018, with the marches returning and plenty of reasons to attend the 2018 Women’s March. Come out to show your support of the movement, to take a deep breath after a turbulent year, to connect with like-minded humans, to shed light on injustices that still need conquering…or whatever your reason. All are welcome to be part of this peaceful day.

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, the Women’s March in San Francisco and Oakland are just two of many marches and events to take place nationally and internationally.

 

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This year’s event follows a whopping record number of peaceful marchers who came out last year, rain or shine. According to the Independent, the Women’s Marches which took place across the United States may have been the largest–and most peaceful–day of protest in US history. Somewhere between 3.3 million and 4.6 million marchers made their presence known across the United States, yet no arrests were reported at the largest protests across the nation in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York, Chicago or Seattle.

As stated by the SF Women’s March organizers, “This rally and march is designed to engage and empower all people to support Women’s rights, Human Rights, Civil Rights, Disability Rights, LGBTQIA Rights, Workers Rights, Immigrant Rights, Reproductive Rights, Indigenous People’s Rights, Social and Environmental Justice, and Tenant’s Rights. Our feminism must be intersectional and we must continue to organize as such…We want to encourage participation in 2018 midterm elections and help provided resources for people to Organize Locally, Register to Vote, Vote, Women Run For Office (especially WOC), and Elect Progressive Women & Allies.”

As always, act within the lines of common sense, be safe, be respectful, and come with an open heart and mind. Dress in layers and comfortable shoes. Check the weather and dress appropriately, there is a chance of rain.

 

All photos by Gabriella Gamboa.

The Women’s March Oakland 2018 rally will begin at 10 a.m. at Lake Merritt Amphitheater. After the rally, the march will go from the amphitheater up 14th Street, ending at Frank Ogawa Plaza with our Call to Action Alley. Be sure to register so they can properly count attendance and check their website for additional events, including a poster making day.

The Women’s March in San Francisco will take place at 11:30 AM. The rally starts at 12PM at Civic Center Plaza and the march will start at 2PM and head down Market Street to the Embarcadero. (1.7 miles). Register here and be sure to check out the other events, including an After Party at Mars Bar and a panel discussion on racial justice on January 30th.