The Santa Maria High School Saints March Band will lead the second annual Santa Maria Women’s March, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Minami Park in Santa Maria.
The Women’s March 2020 is a part of a nationwide network of grassroots leaders, activists and organizers who are resisting hate, rallying to stop the harm done to our most marginalized communities, and defending human rights.
“The Santa Maria Women’s March is led by women, but is for everyone. When women rise, we bring our communities with us,” said Audy Macdonald, a spokesperson for Women’s March SMV.
Marchers in Santa Maria will step off at 11 a.m. from the Minami Center, follow Enos east to Broadway, Broadway north to Stowell, Stowell west to Depot, and Depot south to Enos and back to the center for a rally and resource fair.
After the March, participants will listen to a line-up of speakers that includes Congressman Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joan Hartmann, Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino, and Santa Maria City Council member Gloria Soto.
Also returning this year will be Jessie Funes as emcee with DJ Suz providing music. Action Alley, featuring some 25 nonprofits, will provide resources for the community.
The Women’s March thanks The Fund for Santa Barbara, Planned Parenthood, and the Central Coast Labor Council for their funding in support of its efforts.
For more information on the Women’s March Santa Maria Valley, email WomensMarchSMV@gmail.com.
— Pam Gates for Women’s March Santa Maria Valley.