Peoria Rally in Support of Women’s March planned in Peoria, IL, all 50 States and more than 55 Other Global Cities
Peoria, January, 2017 – The Women’s March on Washington has inspired nearly 300 other ‘sister marches’ to take place on January 21. All 50 states and Puerto Rico are confirmed to have at least one grassroots-led march on that day, as well as 55 global cities on six continents, from Tokyo to Sydney, Nairobi to Paris to Bogotá.
Date: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
Time: 11am – 12noon
Location: Gateway Building (outside under the building archway)
200 NE Water St. Peoria 61602
“This is an unprecedented, organic and viral grassroots global movement that is growing everyday. More than 500,000 people have already committed to march all over the country and the world in just a matter of weeks,” said Boston-based national sister march spokeswoman Yordanos Eyoel, who became a U.S. citizen last fall. “The aggregate turnout has the potential to exceed 1 million marchers. What makes this movement even more special is that people who have never been politically active before are now mobilizing.”
The mission of the marches and rallies is to bring people together to take a stand on issues that deeply impact all of us. The Peoria Rally will seek to reaffirm the core American values of freedom and democracy for all at a time when many fear their voices will be lost, specifically related to women’s rights, immigrant rights, worker rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, environmental rights, rights for all races, and religious freedom.
As stated by the League of Women Voters in their endorsement of the event, “ As women and defenders of our democracy, there is more that unites us than divides us. We march for voting rights. We march for health care. We march for the environment. “ The marches and rallies are bringing together people of all backgrounds, races, religions, gender identities, ages and abilities, as well as communities of immigrants. While led by women, all are welcome to attend the Peoria Rally. The rally will have music and community members will speak about their hopes for the future. A list of speakers will be provided when all are confirmed.
“We’re excited that women across the nation and the world are organizing to stand together in solidarity. Our unity will send a strong and clear message that women and our allies will protect our rights, our health, our safety and our communities,” said Bob Bland, a co-chair of Women’s March on Washington. “These sister marches show a powerful and inclusive movement, which is just as crucial as the thousands who will travel to D.C.”
For more information about the Peoria Rally please go to https://www.facebook.com/events/119862368520147, or to https://www.womensmarch.com, click on Find a Local March, and enter your Peoria area zip code. Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many to expect.