WOMEN’S MARCH ON CHICAGO ANNOUNCES NEW RALLY SITE AND MARCH ROUTE

Changes Due to Expectations of 50,000+ Marchers

 

CHICAGO, IL (Jan. 19, 2017) – The expected number of attendees for the Women’s March on Chicago continues to grow exponentially. Due to the large crowds expected for Jan. 21 march, organizers today announced a new rally site and march route. So far, more than 50,000 people have confirmed attendance on march social media channels, and many more are expected. The new rally location is at the intersection near the Petrillo Bandshell. Updated and more detailed information can be found at the march website: www.womens121marchonchicago.org . 

 

NEW RALLY SITE/START OF MARCH: Intersection of Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard

 

DIRECTIONS FOR MARCHERS: Marchers should enter the rally area from the south on Congress Parkway or Balbo Drive

 

ACCESSIBILITY DROP-OFF SITE: Persons with disabilities should enter southbound on Columbus Drive from Randolph Street

 

NEW MARCH ROUTE: West on Jackson Boulevard to Federal Plaza

 

STREET CLOSURES: Jackson will be closed at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20

                                                Columbus will be closed at 12 a.m. on Jan. 21

 

TIMING: 9:15 a.m.: Live Music

                        10 a.m.: Rally

                        11:30 a.m.: March Start

 

NOTE: Due to expected crowds, the City estimates that it will take two hours to complete the march route.

 

RALLY SPEAKERS/PERFORMERS:

 

Ari Afsar, Karen Olivo, & Samantha Marie Ware: From the cast of Hamilton, Performance

Jaquie AlgeeDirector of External Relations, SEIU Healthcare of Illinois & Marilyn KatzCo-Founder of Chicago Women Take Action

Jean AlbrightMaster Sergeant (retired) U.S. Air Force

Eman Hassaballa AlyMuslim community Activist, TRUST Collective

Faith Arnold: SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Fight for $15

Khadine BennettAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

Eloise Diaz BahrmaselRISE Movement

Ann Christophersen & Lynn MooneyWomen & Children First

Cleopatra Cowley-PendletonHadiya Pendleton Foundation

Rabbi Shoshanah ConoverTemple Sholom of Chicago

Pat Dowell (3rd), Susan Garza (10th), & Michele Smith (43rd)Alderwomen, City of Chicago

The Full Court Press Second Line Drummers: Performance

Kids Off The Block & Diane LatikerSpeaking and Performing

Eva Lewis, Maxine Aguilar, Maxine Wint, and Yahair TarrYouth For Black Lives

Lights of Zion: Performance

Tamar Manasseh: Mothers Against Senseless Killings

Fawzia Mirza: Actor/Producer, Emcee

Sara Paretsky: Author, Sisters in Crime Creator

Channyn Lynne ParkerTransgender activist, TransLife Project Manager

Rahnee Patrick: Independent Living at Access Living

Aislinn Pulley: Lead Organizer for Black Lives Matter Chicago

Maria Socorro PesqueriaPresident, Mujeres Latinas en Accion

Tiffany PryorExecutive Director, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health

Liz Radford, Ann Scholhamer, and Jessica SchellerCo-Chairs of the Women’s March on Chicago

Lucy Smith: Performance

Shani SmithLead Marshall of Women’s March on Chicago, Safety Instruction, SEIU Healthcare Illinois

So Chi Voices: Performance

Opal Staples: Performance

Katie ThiedeVice President of Development, Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Kimberly WassermanExecutive Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Reyna Wences: Organized Communities Against Deportations

Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Esq.: National RainbowPUSH Coalition

 

Women's March on Washington - Why We March, Where We Are Marching - Links for 616 Cities

We believe that Women's Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women's Rights. We must create a society in which women - including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women - are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments. Marches in 616 cities - full list and information.

Women's March on Washington

 

Unity Principles

 

We believe that Women's Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women's Rights. We must create a society in which women - including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women - are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments. 

 

ENDING VIOLENCE

 

Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies. We believe in accountability and justice in cases of police brutality and ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of color. It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system.

 

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

 

We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education. 

 

LGBTQIA RIGHTS

 

We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming brothers, sisters and siblings. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.

 

WORKER'S RIGHTS

 

We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security and equity. All women should be paid equitably, with access to affordable childcare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments. All workers - including domestic and farm workers, undocumented and migrant workers - must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage.

 

CIVIL RIGHTS

 

We believe Civil Rights are our birthright, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability. We believe it is time for an all-inclusive Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  

 

DISABILITY RIGHTS

 

We believe that all women's issues are issues faced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. As mothers, sisters, daughters, and contributing members of this great nation, we seek to break barriers to access, inclusion, independence, and the full enjoyment of citizenship at home and around the world. We strive to be fully included in and contribute to all aspects of American life, economy, and culture.

 

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

 

Rooted in the promise of America's call for huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we believe in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of status or country of origin.  We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

 

We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed - especially at the risk of public safety and health.

 

SISTER MARCHES

 

Sister Marches are solidarity events inspired by the Women's March on Washington, and organized by volunteers around the world. If you can't make it to Washington, D.C. on January 21, join or host a Sister March near you.