Thousands plan march on state capitol in support of women’s rights

A woman holds up a sign at “Women’s March on Sacramento,” a nationwide peaceful gathering to show support for all marginalized peoples in downtown Sacramento in 2017. This year's march is expected to draw 20,000 people into the streets of downtown. (File Photo)

On Saturday Jan. 20, tens of thousands of people will flood the streets of Sacramento to participate in the 2018 Women’s March.

The march will begin at Southside Park at 10 a.m. and protesters will walk a predetermined route all the way to the west steps of the California State Capitol.

The march will be similar to last year’s Women’s March, which was partly held in protest to the election of President Donald Trump.

According to Xochitl Hermosillo, who is the youth coordinator and Instagram director for Saturday’s march, organizers are currently expecting over 20,000 people to show up, which would mirror last year’s numbers.

As of publication, more than 21,000 people have registered via the event’s Facebook page.

“From a feminist perspective this march means that there is still hope for the future of this country. This march is our chance to show what we are really made of, what we are truly capable of.”

-Feminists United President Elena DeNecochea

Hermosillo also said that the march is meant to have a distinct meaning for all in attendance.

“The goal of the march is different for everybody. Some mothers come to show their daughters what courage is. Some show up to support sexual assault victims,” Hermosillo said. “The march is so vastly different for everybody, which is awesome because we want all bodies there to support each other.”

American River College Feminists United Club President Elena DeNecochea says that the march is an empowering movement for women everywhere.

“From a feminist perspective this march means that there is still hope for the future of this country. This march is our chance to show what we are really made of, what we are truly capable of,” DeNecochea said.

DeNecochea also said she hopes Saturday’s march inspires people to action.

“I hope that more men participate in the feminist agenda. This march is bigger than all of us. It is the path we pave for the future children of this country. How we treat our women defines who we are as a nation” DeNecochea said.

Hermosillo added that there is currently no expectation of counter protesters showing up to disrupt the day’s activities.

“”We are a friendly march, so hopefully it stays that way,” Hermosillo said.

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Luis Gael Jimenez
Luis Gael Jimenez is an award-winning journalist and photojournalist. Jimenez is currently in his fourth semester on the American River Current, where he serves as co-editor-in-chief of the paper. He has acted as managing editor and arts and culture editor in the past. Jimenez has had articles and photographs published in the Sacramento News and Review as well as the American River Review.

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