Two hundred thousand people are anticipated at the Women’s March on Washington Saturday. Among those attending are a slew of celebrities and well-known human rights activists. Amy Schumer, Jessica Valenti, Zendaya, Debrah Messing, and Jane Levy are expected to be there, along with Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Diane Guerrero, and Lea DeLaria from the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. The activists plan to gather at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street before the march begins at ten. Anyone planning to join will be expected to abide by the rules outlined on the organizer’s website. All bags will be subject to search, and there will be restrictions on the types of bags and signs that will be allowed. The aim of the march is to send a message to the incoming administration that “women’s rights are human rights,” and to unify all marginalized communities in order “to create change from the grassroots level up.” Speakers include leading women’s rights advocates Angela Davis and Gloria Steinham, filmmaker Michael Moore, actress Scarlett Johanson and the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Dontre Hamilton, Eric Garner and Jordan Davis, four African-American men who died at the hands of police officers. Although the march in DC may be the biggest, there are also over six hundred sister marches occurring simultaneously in cities around the US and across the globe, making this possibly the largest world-wide demonstration in history.

C. McLaughlin

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