What began as a Facebook event invite and a response to the now imminent inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump has quickly turned into a viral, global grassroots movement and an international day of resistance. The Women’s March on Washington launches in five days with a New Mexico delegation to represent the progressives marching here at home. New Mexico is doing its part and you can participate.
On Saturday, January 21, millions of people will gather in cities across the United States and in international locations in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington D.C. In every state in the Union, more than 370 peaceful, inclusive, gatherings are playing host to an estimated 735,070 marchers and participants. Here’s what you need to know to participate in the marches happening in our state.
ALBUQUERQUE, Bernalillo County
The Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center partners with local leaders to host a march in the Duke City. The location for the rally is Civic Plaza and is scheduled from 11:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday. For more information about the march, visit Albuquerque’s National Women’s March on Washington page. Want to make signs for the rally, ProgressNow NM’s friend and co-host for the Artists’ Town Hall Gathering, Central Features Gallery will host a sign-making gathering on Thursday, January 19 from 4pm to 8pm. Central Features is located in Downtown Albuquerque, 514 Central Ave SW, # 2, right next door to 516 Arts. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. Cardboard for making signs is being donated by Richard Levy Gallery however, please bring additional art supplies of your own to create and to share.
FORT SUMNER, De Baca County
Fort Sumner, the self-described, “Sleepy Little Village with a Shady Little Past,” will host a rally at Dallas Park at 10am. Visit Fort Sumner’s National Women’s March on Washington page, at the writing of this post, there was no additional local information on this event.
LAS CRUCES, Dona Ana County
The Las Cruces Coalition for Reproductive Justice will host a rally on Saturday, 9am – 1pm at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 Main St., Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88011. The “Unified Community Action” march begins at 10am. If you’re a Facebook user visit the Las Cruces Coalition page for Reproductive Justice, here.
SANTA FE, Santa Fe County
Here’s information on the Women’s March on Washington, Santa Fe edition. The march begins at 11:00AM at the Santa Fe Capitol Roundhouse. Marchers are asked to gather at the North side of the Bataan Building on W. De Vargas St., between Galisteo St. and Don Gaspar Ave. Bataan Building Address: 400 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501(please gather on the grassy areas and sidewalks starting at 10:30am; please do not gather in parking areas). The rally continues until 2:00PM. You’ll find very detailed information on the Women’ March Santa Fe website. The presenter list is impressive. just click here.
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, Sierra County
Last but not least, the city of Truth or Consequences will host a march and rally at Healing Waters Plaza on Sims Street at noon. For more information on this event visit the Women’s March on Washington, TorC page.
It should be understood that these marches and rallies will be held outside primarily, and the forecast statewide calls for some rain and/or snow. Please prepare for the unpredictable New Mexico weather we have all come to know and love and please don’t allow the weather (where manageable) to stop you from participating in this historic, worldwide, once-in-a-lifetime event. Here are some tips on staying warm and dry during the march and rally. Please contact your respective community organizers to ensure the disabled have means of participating rallying along the route.
Also, don’t go it alone – find friends, family or colleagues to rally with, carpool with, and stick together while you enjoy a day of peace, vigilance, and solidarity that will hopefully lead to an expanded progressive community, worldwide.
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