What You Need to Know For Women’s March 2.0

Thousands are expected to attend the second Women's March in San Francisco on Saturday.

Last year’s Women’s March drew tens of thousands to its rally despite the pouring rain. Photo by Emma Chiang

The worldwide rebuke of Donald Trump will get another large showing at the second Women’s March in San Francisco this Saturday.

Following the original march — which provided catharsis for an emotionally-charged presidential transition period — this year a theme has emerged: Hear Our Vote. Voter registration, voter turnout, local organizing, increasing the number of women and women of color in office and electing progressive women and their allies will be the focus on Saturday.

The rally at Civic Center begins at noon, but organizers suggest taking public transit — and buying bus tickets in advance — to arrive by 11:30 a.m. If last year is any indicator, cell phone service may be stretched thin by the crowds, so we recommend picking a meetup place and time if you’re planning on rallying a crew. Here’s a map of what will be where:

Starting at noon, 15 speakers will address a range of timely issues, including immigration, anti-Black police brutality, the travel ban, queer rights, homelessness, sexual assault and the #MeToo movement. As we’ve previously reported, intersectionality is front and center.

Those addressing the crowd will include Chicana Latina Foundation Executive Director Olga Talamante; Council on American Islamic Relations Bay Area Executive Director Zahra Billoo; San Francisco supervisors Hillary Ronen and Sandra Lee Fewer; Cecilia Chung, senior director of strategic projects for Transgender Law Center; Aimee Allison, president of Democracy in Color; and Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness.

After the speakers are done, a march will launch at 2 p.m. from Civic Center, heading down Market Street to the Embarcadero.

Bring water, snacks, signs, comfortable shoes, and a spirit of inclusivity. This year you can leave the umbrellas at home — the forecast is sunny and clear, with a high of 53 degrees.

 

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