2nd annual Women’s March in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday
A year after over 500 women, men and children trekked down a snowy U.S. 50 in support of women’s rights, another group is gearing up to march.
The 2nd annual Women’s March is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 20, starting at the Hard Rock Casino at 11 a.m., progressing along the highway and ending at Lakeview Commons.
This year the theme is “March to the Polls.” The goal is to mobilize more women to vote and elect more female candidates and allies to public office.
“We are trying to move away from the hate present last year — there was a lot of anger. This year we’re trying to focus on the positive and our needs as women and our needs as minorities,” said march organizer Kelsey Adams. “It’s about taking action.”
Participants are encouraged to wear all black to show solidarity with Time’s Up, a movement and legal fund formed this year by women in entertainment to fight sexual harassment across industries. The group raised over $15 million for a legal defense fund and drew awareness to the cause by donning black dresses at this year’s Golden Globes.
“I’m just glad that we will be able to march again united as a town,” said Adams. “I’m always surprised when last minute this town can get together and be supportive of things that are important.”
Tahoe Activist Artists, a grassroots group formed this year in response to the current social and political climate, will be on hand passing out custom-made signs to carry.
“We also hope people will make and bring their own signs,” said Adams.
This year the march will be limited to the sidewalk because a permit was not secured in time to allow foot traffic in the right-hand lane.
At the conclusion of the march, South Lake Tahoe Mayor Wendy David will deliver a speech at Lakeview Commons. From there, participants are encouraged to head to Pick 6 Sports Lounge for discounted food and beverages.
Hundreds of other women’s marches will take place on Saturday across the globe, but on Sunday, Jan. 21, the Women’s March national organization is holding a rally in Las Vegas. As a follow-up to the Women’s March on Washington that inspired marches around the world, Power to the Polls kicks off a national voter registration and tour targeting swing states “to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values and collaborate with our partners to elect more women and progressive candidates to office,” according to the organization’s website.
“As a swing-state that will shape the Senate in 2018 and as home to a strong activist network, Nevada is the perfect place to commemorate the Women’s March and continue building our electoral power.”
For more information on the march in South Lake Tahoe, search “2nd Annual Women’s March to the Polls South Lake Tahoe” on Facebook.