After Women's March Canceled in Cincinnati, Activists Step in and Plan a New One

Three local activist groups will gather at Sawyer Point Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to protest for women's rights.

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click to enlarge Protesters at the 2017 Women's March in Cincinnati - Photo: Nick Swartsell
Photo: Nick Swartsell
Protesters at the 2017 Women's March in Cincinnati

After organizers with the Ohio chapter of the Women's March last week announced they are canceling plans to hold the third local iteration of the march on Jan. 19 in downtown Cincinnati over logistics and financial barriers, other groups have stepped in to stage an event that day.

Cincinnati Socialist Alternative, Democratic Socialists of America of Metro Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and the International Socialist Organization rushed to put together their march demonstrating for women's rights, which will take place Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will start at Sawyer Point. Details about a subsequent march haven't been released yet.

The march, originally held in 2017 to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump, has come to mean many things to many people even as it has seen tension and controversy on the national level. But locally, the march should stay focused on rights for all women, organizers say.

"This is an important time for us all to come together," organizers with Socialist Alternative wrote Jan. 15 on a Facebook post about the event. "Just yesterday, 50,000 workers stood up for better education in Los Angeles and went on strike. Currently, the government shutdown is continuing on and we need to stand up and say this is not right. Above all, we need to continue to fight for women's rights as attacks on Roe v. Wade are imminent."

Winter weather is forecast for the day of the event, but organizers say they'll be there rain or shine. The Ohio chapter of the Women's March, meanwhile, is still holding marches in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and other Ohio cities. Local organizers with the group have told media they hope to bring back Cincinnati's march bigger and better than ever in 2020.

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