Legendary Joan Baez Signs on to Close Rally and Send Marchers on Our Way

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Women’s March Bay Area, San Francisco has finalized its program, set for 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 at San Francisco’s Civic Center. Legendary folk singer Joan Baez will sing and speak at the close of the rally and send marchers off down Market St. to Justin Herman Plaza.

Joan Baez

“Joan Baez has been at the frontline of some of this country’s most iconic movements, and we’re honored to have her as part of ours. It’s hard to imagine a more inspiring performer to cap off an incredible event, which itself caps off an unprecedented day of action and community-building around the globe,” said Renee McKenna, Women’s March Bay Area, San Francisco Lead. “There are 616 marches in 58 countries planned for January 21st. This all started with one woman’s idea on election night, a little over two months ago. Wow.”

Malkia A. Cyril

In addition to Baez, Malkia A. Cyril will speak on behalf of the Black Lives Matter Network. Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network, Malkia has for decades strengthened the organizing and communications capacity of grassroots leaders to ensure racial and economic justice in a digital age.

Mia Satya

The event will be emceed by Mia Satya aka Mia Tu Mutch, a trailblazing community organizer with over a decade of advocacy experience specializing in youth empowerment, economic justice, racial justice, and LGBTQ liberation.

To help marchers organize, we have compiled notes on things to Know Before You Go, and have a complete set of FAQs on the website. This includes information on accessibility, directions, additional speaker information and more.

During the march, we’ll have art installations from 100 Days of Action, run by Bay Area-based artists, writers, and cultural producers to provoke much needed dialogue and action around Trump’s first 100 days in office.  Dance Mission’s Dance Brigade, which will be marching with the Chicana Latina Foundation, and will perform a choreographed piece along the march route.

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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