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Although the infamous pink hats have now been dumped for inclusivity, The Women’s March is back and underway at various locations around the world on Saturday, as activists mark the anniversary of their first march, which was primarily in opposition to the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.

Remembered by some as a triumph and by others as massive embarrassment to women, the Women’s March went down on January 21 last year. Organizers this year set the event to begin on Saturday as they push a 2-day bonanza of protest, calling it the “#WeekendofWomen.”

USA Today reports: Activists reconvened Saturday in the nation’s capital and around the country with new determination to flex their power in the voting booth and on the ballot.As a sign of the power struggle looming in 2018 between Republicans and Democrats, the march in Washington is playing out against the backdrop of a government shutdown.

Hundreds of gatherings are planned Saturday and Sunday across the country, as well as in Beijing, Buenos Aires, Nairobi and Rome, under the banner the #WeekendofWomen on social media.

In Washington, the rally was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET with musicians and civil rights activists meeting at the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial for speeches, followed by a march to the White House at 1 p.m. ET. The monument was to stay open, despite the government shutdown.

Even organizers are not expecting the huge crowds that swarmed the capital, and other cities, in 2017 in the wake of Trump’s election. More than 10,000 were signed up for the march in Washington, sponsored by the Virginia chapter of the Women’s March.

Organizers said the goal was to solidify the movement and use that clout in 2018 elections. In Virginia’s statewide races last year, women turned out in huge numbers at the polls and on the ballots as Democrats made expected gains in state legislative races.

“The unifying theme of the movement is: When we vote, we win,” movement organizers in Virginia said on their website. “When we stay engaged, we win. When we support each other, we win!”

The March doesn’t come without controversy, even among liberals. “Critics said the march centered on cis white women at the expense of women of color and trans women,” USA Today reports. “But some underrepresented women felt their issues — such as racism, discrimination, police brutality, LGBTQ inclusivity, and immigration — were relegated in favor of issues that matter most to straight, white, middle-class women.” Organizers say this year, transgender inclusion and increasing visibility for women of color  is a “priority.”

Another excluded group from last year were pro-life women, and once again, they have not been included in the organizing in 2018. Women’s March co-president Mallory said organizers are “being very strategic” about who they include because “certain groups need to be uplifted so they have the platform necessary to do their work.”

The various events across the country include:

  • New York City, where the Women’s March Alliance is organizing a rally and march beginning at Central Park and 61st Street.
  • Las Vegas, where the Power to the Polls rally Sunday will kick off an effort to register 1 million voters and target swing states in the midterm elections.
  • Dallas, where the Dallas Women’s March will meet at St. Paul United Methodist Church and end at Pike Park.
  • Phoenix, where the Women’s March to the Polls seeks to advance progressive legislation and to give a voice to the progressive women who seek office in Arizona in 2018.

 

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