Grand Forks to host Women’s March

Grand Forks will be hosting a Women's March in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington on Saturday morning.

  • Jan. 20, 2017 3:00 p.m.

The day after Donald Trump is inaugurated south of the border, women in cities across North America and around the world are uniting in a show of support for minority rights including here in Grand Forks.

The original Women’s March will gather women in marching into Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration. Participants around the world will be marching in solidarity for the rights of women, LGBTQ people, those with diverse faiths and of diverse racial backgrounds, those with disabilities and those at economic disadvantage.

The Grand Forks march will begin at Gyro Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The march is inclusive of everyone, regardless of gender, and anyone wanting to participate should feel empowered to do so. According to a press release on the event, speakers include Samantha Mercer-White (Women’s Representative for the Boundary Metis Community Association), Colleen Ross (Grand Forks City Councillor & NDP Candidate), Ian Mitchell (Youth and Family Counsellor). Participants are encouraged to wear pink hat or a “pussyhat” (pink cat hat) as a symbol of unity. Attendees are asked to RSVP at actionnetwork.org/events/womens-march-grand-forks.