BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore women will voice their concerns in the streets Saturday — coming together to make a statement for the second year in a row.
“This is actually not so much a cause as an action,” says Baltimore Women’s March Organizer Sarah Mogul.
She tells WJZ as many as 7,000 people are expected to join the movement Saturday morning. The group is gathering to support causes such as increased voter turnout, educational issues, as well as speak out against sexual harassment and racial injustice.
The inaugural Women’s March in Baltimore last year swelled to an estimated 5,000 people. The call for love, unity and equality was a direct result of harsh rhetoric during the 2016 election.
“Women and men came together because they wanted to have their voices heard. That everything that they heard did not represent what we knew to be true about this country. and that every single individual has a voice, and that we all need to be represented,” says Mogol.
This year’s march will begin at War Memorial Plaza near City Hall at 11 a.m., with speakers and musical acts, including Davon Flemming from “The Voice.”
Then at 12:30 p.m., the group plans to march about eight blocks toward McKeldin Square, near the Inner Harbor.
Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke is one of more than three dozen leaders scheduled to speak.
“Being together gives you the energy and the strength to you know you’re not alone. You have colleagues that will watch your back,” Clarke told WJZ.
It’s a huge showing of unity in Baltimore, now marching on for another year.
“We work together, we’re a great city and the women in it are strong,” says Clarke.
Organizers anticipate some protestors may try to disrupt the march, but they are hoping the event remains peaceful.
The march wraps up around 2 p.m. Find details about parking and transportation on the Women’s March website.