GENEVA – The Women’s March Fox Valley will host a second march next year, kicking off at noon Jan. 18 behind the Kane County Courthouse, 100 S. Third St., Geneva, according to a news release.
The marchers will then proceed down Third Street, which will be closed to traffic for the event.
The theme this year is to March to the Polls, as Women’s March Fox Valley aims to activate voters, engage those new to the process and educate everyone about the upcoming 2020 elections, the release stated.
“We hope to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change,” event co-organizer Brenda Engelhardt of St. Charles stated in the release.
The first Women’s March Fox Valley 2019 was organized in six weeks by a handful of volunteers after a march planned for Chicago was canceled.
Despite bitter temperatures and blustery conditions, more than 700 activists turned out last January to help inspire change and to find solidarity.
March leaders hope to more than double that number in 2020, the release stated.
“In spite of the deep snowfall the morning of the first Women’s March in Geneva – which rendered the roads snow-packed – hundreds of people, both young and old, shuffled through the cold with their boots, hats, mittens, and big smiles, insisting they wouldn’t miss it,” Michelle Haugen, an event organizer from St. Charles, stated in the release.
For the 2020 march, event organizers, who belong to the local chapter of We Can Lead Change, invited other local groups to collaborate on planning and fundraising for the march, which quickly garnered the support of the Geneva City Council.
“Holding the Women's March in the far western suburbs helps to awaken people to events and conversations that may not seem real or urgent otherwise,” Engelhardt stated in the release. “We couldn’t be more grateful to Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and the City Council for their support.”
The event is open to all people, regardless of gender, race or beliefs.
While the march will kick off with a rally, event organizers said they intend to keep that portion of the event brief so that participants can begin the march as quickly as possible, the release stated.
Upon conclusion of the rally, marchers will travel north on Sixth Street, east on State Street – sidewalks only – and south on Third Street to Fulton Street.
For more information on attending the Women’s March Fox Valley or to get involved with planning, visit www.wecanleadchange.org.