OAKLAND, Calif. – The Women’s March Bay Area, Oakland has finalized its program, set for 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 beginning at Madison Park. Marchers are welcome to gather beginning at 10:00 a.m., and the march itself will begin at 11:00 a.m., heading up Oak Street to Grand Avenue along Lake Merritt, ending at Frank Ogawa Plaza. The rally begins at 12:30PM, and will feature local speakers, artists, and musicians. At 3PM, the rally will conclude.
For a map of the route, information on the rally, and tips on what to bring, please visit Women’s March Bay Area, Oakland.
“We want this day to give people hope and help them find solidarity with others,” said Alison Mata, lead for the Oakland March. “There are over 600 marches planned for January 21st, and we’ve created one for Oakland that represents the city’s diversity and sense of inclusion. The march and rally are wheelchair- accessible and we will have ASL translators as well.”
Speakers and performers
- Project Bandaloop, dance troupe
- Elaine Brown, community activist
- Melanie Demore, vocal activist
- Joy Elan, local author, spoken word artist
- Gayle McLaughlin, former Mayor of Richmond
- DJ Nista, electronic music artist
- Lupe Rodriguez, Planned Parenthood
- Moina Shaiq, founder of Meet a Muslim
- Nancy Skinner, State Senator
- Tom Steyer, CEO of NextGen
Melissa Breach, League of Women Voters of California; Simone Combs, Oakland resident; Delaine Eastin, candidate for CA Governor 2018; Noreen Farrell and Jenny Reisch, Equal Rights Advocates; Omie Garba, CEO/Founder of Miss Africa Bay Area pageant and Miss Africa America Pageant; Evelyn Larsen, Berkeley YMCA; Gayle McLaughlin, former Mayor of Richmond and councilperson; Jamie Thompson, public speaker; Carolyn J. Woodson, author of “Resilience and Refresh: Moving forward. Surviving KKK Today”
Call to Action Alley
For those looking for more ways to get involved in local causes, the march in Oakland will also feature Call to Action Alley in front of City Hall, with local activist groups and nonprofits sharing information and ideas on how to continue to be a voice after the march.
The all-volunteer organization is part of the national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
The non-partisan Women's March Bay Area is a 100% volunteer effort and contributions cover direct expenses incurred producing the marches.
For more information about the San Francisco or other Bay Area marches, visit: www.womensmarchbayarea.org or follow @womensmarchbayarea on Facebook and Instagram, or @wmbayarea on Twitter and Snapchat.
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