The Women’s March on Asheville, set for Saturday in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington the same day, will begin in Pack Square Park with a series of speakers at 11 a.m. then move through downtown.
The Washington march, held the day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump, was organized in opposition to Trump’s administration. Organizers of the Asheville stress that their event is not anti-Trump, but rather pro-women’s rights and human rights.
Here’s more info on the Asheville march from the Facebook event page:
– Time and place: Saturday, January 21, rain or shine. Starts at 11 a.m. at Pack Square (Vance Monument), loops through downtown, ends at Vance Monument).
– March route: will be announced here on Wed Jan 18. It’s 0.7 mile and mostly flat. Stay tuned!
– Opening speakers: Mayor Esther Manheimer will open the march. Six other community leaders will make some remarks. Full list will be disclosed early next week. A couple of names: Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (Campaign for Southern Equality) and Iindia Pearson (Community Advocate).
– Parking: The march is in the heart of downtown. Covered and open lot parking will be available. More parking info here. Please arrive early.
– People with disabilities: We will have some March Ambassadors available to help those who need help. If you have a friend or family member who can help you, bring him or her!
– Children at the march: Children are welcome. Please remember that we are expecting a large crowd. Please keep an eye on your children. They should have a paper with a phone number to call in their pocket in case they get lost.
– We’ve been asked if men are welcome: Yes! This is an inclusive march. This is a time to stand together regardless of gender, age, and abilities. This is about making sure our human rights and constitutional rights are preserved. And this is a peaceful march.
– Dogs at the march? Dogs are allowed on a tight leash.
– Restrooms? Pack Square has public restrooms.
– March signs: You can bring your own. Or we have two poster-making gatherings this coming week: On Jan. 18 from 7PM to 9PM at The Burger Bar and on Jan. 20 from 8PM to 10PM at The BLOCK-off-Biltmore.