ST. PETERSBURG — On Sunday afternoon, people will take part in the Women’s March, part of a series of marches taking place this weekend. Here’s what you need to know:
When is the Women’s March?
The march begins at noon on Sunday, Jan. 21, and a rally will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where is the march?
Demonstrators will meet at the corner of 6th Street N and Mirror Lake Drive in St. Petersburg. From there, they will march:
• South on 6th Street N to 1st Avenue N
• West to 7th Street N
• South to Central Avenue
• East to 4th Street N
• North to Williams Park
Where is the rally?
The rally will take place at Williams Park, 350 2nd Ave. N.
What is the march about?
In late 2016, after President Donald Trump’s election, organizers planned a march to take place on the day after his inauguration, Jan. 20, 2017. Organizers published a policy platform guided by the principle that "women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights," calling for ends to gender violence, police brutality, inequalities in criminal justice, restrictions to birth control and sexual education, LGBTQIA discrimination, and more.
In St. Petersburg, more than 20,000 people turned out, marking the largest protest in the city’s history. Nationally, it was considered the largest single-day protest in American history.
This year, for the one-year anniversary, organizers are using the phrase "Power to the polls," a call to elect "more women and progressive candidates to office."