As the one year anniversary of the Women's March on Washington draws near men and women across the country are preparing to come together again to take action.
The group that brought the march to Jacksonville last year is hosting another event for the city.
The Jacksonville Chapter of Women’s March Florida is commemorating the anniversary of the march by hosting an educational rally called the “Women’s Day of Action” on Sunday, January 21.
The rally will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing and include speakers, art, and entertainment. It's part of a larger day of action with similar events being held in Orlando, Miami, and St. Petersburg.
“Women are using their words and their feet to make a statement, and so the rally marks our one year anniversary of that,” the co-captain of the Jacksonville Chapter, Jennifer Wolfe, said.
Wolfe said the rally will focus on bringing attention and support to marginalized communities. There will be a fundraiser to raise money for the victims of hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Florida Keys. The rally will also address voter access and registration.
“We wanted to do something that was a little different than the march because we’re different from a year ago. Things are changed, and we are changed,” Wolfe said. “We wanted to mark something that would give us a change to celebrate the changes that have been made.”
The rally will be the second event the organization has held in Jacksonville in honor of the march. The group organized a women’s march of solidarity last year, which attracted more than 2,400 people, according to Wolfe.
The Women’s March on Washington attracted thousands of marchers from across the country to protest infringements on women’s and human rights. The march inspired millions of protesters to gather in solidarity in 673 organized marches across the world, according to their website, making it one of the largest coordinated protests in U.S. history.
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