Mount Shasta will join many cities around the country that are holding women’s marches the weekend of Jan. 20-21, on the anniversary of the marches held in 2017.
Sydney Lewis, a field representative for United States Senator Kamala Harris, is planning to attend the event, which is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Note: This article was updated after Senator Kamala Harris's office said on Monday that Lewis plans to attend the event and may make some comments, but will not be the keynote speaker as was previously announced.
Organizer Carolyn Costa says the Mount Shasta march is about women and men, adults and children. She’s calling it a solidarity march.
It will begin with participants marching from the Mount Shasta City Hall plaza to Parker Plaza for a rally, speeches and a voter registration table.
Scheduled speakers include Mount Shasta Mayor Kathy Morter, who also spoke during last year’s local march; and Marty Walters, one of the Democratic candidates running against Republican Doug LaMalfa for the District 1 seat in the US House of Representatives.
Carla Charraga is scheduled to speak about immigrant vulnerability in local communities; Mount Shasta City Council member Tim Stearns will speak; and Al Lugo, a retired educator and administrator, will speak about education.
Costa will open and close the event and introduce speakers. She said a voter registration table will be available for new voters and for those who wish to change their registration to vote by mail.
The goal of the march, according to Costa, “is to stand up and be counted again; to say, we’re still here and we’re madder than we were last year.”
Marcie Rey of Our Revolution Siskiyou created the poster for the event which declares “Power To The Polls” in bold letters. “In 2017 we marched and made our voices heard,” Rey wrote in a Facebook post. “In 2018 we will expand to engage youth, uplift women, advocate for gender equality and stand together against voter suppression and fair protection of all human rights.”