Women's March Napa Valley

Thousands of people attended the Women's March Napa Valley event at Veterans Memorial Park in Napa on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. 

Women’s March Napa Valley will hold its Women’s Anniversary March on Saturday, Jan. 20, marching on School Street to the Napa Valley Expo.

This year’s theme is “First We March, Then We Vote, Hear our Voices.” Women’s March Napa Valley (WMNV) will join a national movement to unify and empower those who stand for women’s rights, civil liberties, social justice and human rights.

March Organizer Irit Weir said, “We will use the power of the Women’s March to bring attention to the urgency of preparing for the November elections, to augment and magnify the work being done by our partner community organizations to turn out the vote in 2018 and to work on important voting initiatives in the future.”

Marchers will gather at 10 a.m. on School Street, between First and Third streets. Marching to Napa Valley Expo will begin at 10:30 a.m. Oakland-based vocal activist Melanie DeMore will join song leaders Anne Jungerman and Rosemarie Gallagher in singing a variety of songs along the way.

The program will begin at 11 a.m., outside on the larger of two parking lots perpendicular to Chardonnay Hall. Drumming by the John Hannaford Drum Group will welcome people into the setting accompanied by a special dance performance with World Beat Dance Collective. The event will be held rain or shine.

Ten year-old Sophia Morales will sing the opening song, followed by a variety of songs, a Human Mosaic and a tribute/presentation to first responders. Featured speakers include Laura Lopez, sharing her experience as a DACA recipient; and Belia Ramos, Napa County Board of Supervisors chair. Other speakers are expected. Melanie DeMore will provide call and response songs inviting audience participation.

Along the periphery of the lot, more than 40 nonprofit and activist representatives will be at tables answering questions and providing literature on their respective organizations. Voter registration tables and personnel will also be on site.

“We believe that together we can create transformative social change,” Weir said. “Our experience from the 2017 Women’s March shows that together we have an impact beyond our wildest dreams. Let’s work together to support that change.”

Last year, thousands of people turned out for the Women’s March Napa Valley, also held in Napa.

For more information visit WomensMarchNapaValley.org

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