Nearly 20 Alaska communities plan to hold women’s marches Saturday
Organizers of Anchorage’s version of the Women’s March on Washington say more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event on Saturday at the Delaney Park Strip downtown.
Alaska’s largest city is one of at least 18 communities around the state holding its own version of the national march, according to local organizer Celeste Godfrey.
One of the towns holding a sister march is Gustavus, a small Southeast Alaska community of 400 residents. Event organizer Kimber Owen says residents have been making posters and signs for several weeks in preparation. They’re hoping at least a quarter of the town will show up.
“It’s really been an eye opener and a learning experience for us,” said Owen. “We are such a tiny community, and we are a microcosm of what happens in the real world, the Lower 48. We have all the same issues and things in smaller numbers.”
Marchers in Anchorage will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the flag pole on the Delaney Park Strip near I Street and W. Tenth Avenue.
Attendees will circle the Park Strip then head downtown to Williwaw on F Street. Speakers at Williwaw will start at 12 p.m. and the event is expected to conclude at 2:00pm.
Godfrey said they are hoping for a peaceful march that sends a strong message to the new president.
“It’s not a protest against anyone,” Godfrey said. “We are just telling the new administration that we are here and I am going to protect the rights of my own and my family. And if you want to come for my rights you are going to have to come through me first.”
According to Godfrey, people are expected to march for a variety of rights. She said not everyone will agree with every cause, but in her view there is something for everyone. She said men are invited to join the marchers as well.
Visit the Women’s March on Alaska website for more information regarding events around the state.
Here’s a full list of Alaska cities currently planning official sister marches. Click on the city name to view more information. If we’re missing your city, please share it in the comments below.
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