CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland women will take part in a national Women’s March event on Saturday, Oct. 17 on Cleveland’s east side.
The rally will start at 1 p.m. in Ward 1 outside at the Harvard Community Services Center at 18240 Harvard Avenue, with speakers and entertainment, followed by a 2:15 pm march. More than 500 people are expected to protest racial injustice and attacks on women’s rights, including abortion.
Women’s March Cleveland will be holding a sister march to the national marches that will be held throughout the country on Oct. 17, including in Washington D.C.
The Women’s March began across the country in response to the inauguration of President Donald Trump, whose rhetoric offended and galvanized women during the 2016 election. When he notoriously called his then-opponent Hillary Clinton, a “nasty woman,” thousands of women reclaimed the phrase as their own.
The organization since 2017 has hosted events and led a movement committed to women’s rights. Women’s March Cleveland pushes for equality and public policy changes for women across the board, and regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
Weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election, Women’s March Cleveland is protesting issues detrimental to all women, particularly Black women, and including the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court.
“This is a march for all women that will highlight the issues of Black women during this new civil rights movement– a march that comes just weeks before a historic presidential election that will have far-reaching implications for women, the black community, and others for decades to come,” says Kathy Wray Coleman head organizer and Cleveland activist.
“We will defend Roe V. Wade by every legal means necessary,” says Coleman.
Speakers include local activists, Black clergy, and elected officials including Archbishop Dr. Christine Mercy Johnson, Rev. Benjamin Gohlstin, state Rep. Juanita Brent, state Sens. Sandra Williams and Nickie Antonio, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley, Cleveland Ward 1 Councilman Joe Jones, CEO of Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center Melissa Graves and Carrie Joseph Prevention, Education, & Inclusion Services Manager for the center, activists Elaine Gohlstin, who is president, and CEO of the Harvard Community services center, Kimberly Brown, Cheryl Lessin, Brenda Adrine, Shae Maresco, Ruth Gray, and Avery McCollough.
Affiliated community groups include International Women’s Day March Cleveland, Black Women’s PAC of greater Cleveland, National Congress of Black Women Greater Cleveland Chapter, and the Imperial Women Coalition.
Face masks will be required for participants per city ordinance.
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