On Friday, Jan. 20 a new administration will take over in Washington D.C.—and not everyone wants to kick line at the inauguration, if you know what I mean. And for those of you who don’t, this may be the event for you.
On Saturday, Jan. 21 women from all over the country, including in Portland, will be organizing marches in solidarity and peaceful support of human rights. Corvallis residents Kim McAlexander, Gene Newburgh, and Kathryn Stroppel are putting together a local contingent to join others in the Women’s March on Portland.
“The march is not billed as a protest, but rather a show of love and support in a time of uncertainty. The Benton County group was created as a way to mobilize local women and others who want to march,” said Stroppel.
The Benton County contingent will first meet on Tuesday, Jan. 17 in the Grand Oaks Clubhouse to make signs and finalize plans for the day of the march. The march itself will feature speakers from several organizations, including Oregon State Senator Sara Gelser.
“Each marcher has their own reason for participating and for what they want to accomplish, but I think the connecting thread is to demonstrate love and support for all people who are feeling marginalized and who are worried about their future and/or that of a loved one,” Stroppel commented.
On the day of the march, the Benton County contingent will meet at 9 a.m. to arrange carpools and start the journey to Portland. The Women’s March on Portland starts at noon, and will begin and end under the Burnside bridge at Tom McCalls Waterfront Park.
Stroppel added, “Marching, however, only goes so far, and is simply one step of a long journey. Already, many, many people are coming together in lots of different ways to support each other and create positive change in their community. It’s cliché, but true—we need to be the change we desire in the world.”
If you are interested in joining the march, follow along on the “Women’s March on Portland – Benton County Contingent” Facebook page as details are finalized.