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Annual women’s march set for Saturday

By Portia Akins | Staff Reporter
On January 17, 2019

Photo Courtesy of the Women's March of Tallahassee Facebook Page. 

The second anniversary of the Tallahassee Women’s March, scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, will begin at Railroad Square and finish at the Capitol. Planned Parenthood and Indivisible Tallahassee are working together to host this year’s rally.

The march focuses on making sure that local and state leaders are making women’s representation a high-priority issue.

Women from all different backgrounds are gathering to ensure their basic human rights are protected in Florida. They learn about and discuss racism, transphobia, xenophobia, homophobia and classism. They are fighting for a better Florida.

Rosie Richeson, the Tallahassee organizer for Planned Parenthood, says, “The Women's March in Tallahassee is important because we saw an incredible amount of positive change and community involvement after the last 2 events. The first march brought out 14,000 people and we have seen Tallahassee citizens feel empowered to make change in their community after attending the march. This event not only uplifts the voices of those who face different forms of oppressions, but brings together women and people from all different walks of life to celebrate our triumphs.”

The mission statement for Tallahassee Women’s March is to highlight the challenges and triumphs of women. Aim to mobilize attendees to not only march, but commit to action. Aim to uplift the voices of marginalized women in order to better understand how we can fight against a range of injustices and oppressions. Aim to take action, to break down ingrained prejudices, to improve the lives of ALL women, in our society. 

“It is critical to pay attention to issues like racial justice, police brutality and civil rights. I plan on attending this march to stay active in helping my community be up to date on these imperative issues,” FAMU business administration major Sydney Clark said.

Some of the student groups from Florida A&M that will be tabling part in the event are Planned Parenthood Generation Action, Women Student Union, and Warriors Against Rape.

The Planned Parenthood rally at Railroad Square begins at 1 p.m., and the lineup for the march to the Capitol begins at 2 p.m. Indivisible Tallahassee will be welcoming everyone at the Capitol upon arrival.

The inaugural march was held in January 2017, the day after President Trump took the oath of office.

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