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Spokane Women’s March ready for second year


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Despite cancelation notices on social media, “The 2018 Spokane Women’s Persistence March” is a go.

It will take place Jan. 21 at noon beginning at Riverfront Park’s Red Wagon Meadow and continuing through downtown Spokane.

According to a press release, the march’s planning committee has been working in overdrive the past two weeks trying to pull the event — and the funding — together after learning it had been canceled by last year’s organizers.

“It’s been amazing to watch the level of commitment and support we’re experiencing around this event,” said March Spokesperson Murphy Sullivan in a press release.

Last year about 5,000 people attended the march — 3,000 more than expected.

“Why are we marching and why are we rallying? To engage and empower all people to support women’s rights, racial justice, human rights, civil rights, disability rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, reproductive rights, Indigenous people’s rights and social and environmental justice,” reads the events’ Facebook page.

The Women’s March was created last year as a global protest the day after Donald Trump’s Inauguration. Its intent is to advocate for legislation and policies regarding human rights.


Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.


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