The Women’s March is coming up quickly. It’s on Saturday Janurary 19, 2019. Although there have been recent news reports of controversy among the organizers, even cancellation of a couple of local marches, most marches, including the Washington D.C. march, will go forward. In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the 21st, according to Agunda Okeyo, Director of Women’s March NYC, “we are lifting up and expanding Dr. King’s vision of a more just America that does not discriminate on the basis of race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, religion, nationality, disability, color or creed.”
The 2017 Women’s March coincided with President Donald Trump’s inauguration and was reported to be the largest protest march in U.S. history. It became a source of embarrassment for President Trump whose subsequent repeated inflation of the number of people attending his inauguration became a source of several late night comedy skits. However, the next year’s march experienced controversy of its own when several leaders of the D.C. March were asked to resign over their ties to Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam head, who has expressed anti-Semetic views. This had a boomerang effect when several local marches were cancelled out of fear that the marches would be “too white.”
However, the sexual assault and harassment revelations that spurred the Me Too and Times Up movements and the recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the sexual assault allegations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford have given the Women’s March renewed relevance. These incidents will likely receive attention from marchers’ protest signs and speakers alike. President Trump’s continued pattern of making controversial statements and taking controversial actions will also likely be a major focal point of the protests. These words and actions include (without limitation) his defense of neo-nazi protesters in Charlottesville Virginia, his administration’s separation and confinement of asylum seeking children and their mothers (and subsequent military mobilization and tear gassing of refugee and immigrant families, and the deaths of refugee or undocumented immigrant children in ICE custody), and his support of Kavanaugh in the face of the sex assault allegations.
This link is the official Women’s March website and provides the information about all the marches.