Organizers of Rockford’s Women’s March are determined that the wintry weather won’t keep the event from taking place on Saturday.
Last year, more than 1,000 people participated.
“We are marching,” said organizer Terri Schierer. “Come prepared, get your floves on, your boots on, and just prepare for the snow, but we are going to be out there.”
“Bundle up and enjoy the camaraderie and let the spirit of Women’s March really warm us up,” said organizer Alicia Neubauer.
Attendees for Saturday’s march will join thousands of others across the country, protesting for what they see as a demonstrating to end violence against women and the pursuit of equality.
“We face many injustices,” Neubauer said. “Domestic violence is the cause of one third of major crimes. Women are still making less than men. We are still finding that we are having trouble having our voices actually heard.”
Schierer says the Women’s March is similar to protests and demonstrations in which she participated in the 1970’s.
“I thought, in the 70’s, oh my word.. when I get to be there, it’s going to be a whole different world,” she said. “It’s not going to be the same thing that we’ve gone through, but it seems like we are going throughout the same stuff, and that has to change.”
The Women’s March begins at noon at the Rockford City Market and will continue down State Street, North Second Street, and onto Walnut Street before ending at Davis Park, where guest speakers llike Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will speak.
Canned foods and other non-perishable items will also be collected this year. Donations will go to local families struggling to make ends meet.
“They are going to immediately impact the families, and certainly the women in this community, starting next week,” said Kim Adams-Bakke, Executive Director of the Rock River Food Pantry.
Organizers of the march say Saturday’s event is all about solidarity and working collectively towards one goal.
“There are so many different views that are presented here. We’re all working toward peace and justice, because in the end, I think that’s what we all want,” Neubauer said.
Women’s March organizers say they are working closely with Rockford Public Works and anticipate the roads will be clear in time for the march.