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Monitor Notes: Women’s March This Saturday

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.

Notes note: In a break from our usual approach, this week’s edition of Monitor Notes focuses solely on the upcoming Women’s March. We will be back next week with our regular coverage of transportation, air quality, water, open space, housing, and climate change.


Get Ready to March

This Saturday, January 18 marks the fourth Women’s March, and it’s a good chance to step toward the front lines of community action. While the main one occurs in Washington, D.C., sister marches are planned across the Bay Area in cities like San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Rosa, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, and San Jose.

The march began in 2017 as a protest following President Donald Trump’s inauguration and has become a nonpartisan, peaceful way to support human rights, civil liberties, and social justice. While it’s been subject to some controversy, marches continue to find meaning locally. This year’s marches are occurring in the backdrop of significant milestones this year: the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote and the formation of the League of Women Voters.

Several local Leagues across the Bay Area are organizing efforts to complement Saturday’s action. Join LWV Berkeley-Emeryville-Albany at the Women’s March in Oakland, which begins with poster-making at 10 a.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza. The march starts at 11 a.m., followed by a rally and community action fair at the plaza. LWVBAE is focused this year on raising awareness for a complete census count in Alameda County, Proposition 13 reform, Schools and Communities First and other critical efforts. Click here for more information.  

LWV San Francisco will join the rally and march in the City. The rally begins at 11 a.m. at Civic Center Plaza. LWVSF will be meeting at 1 p.m. at the Grove and Polk intersection to march. In the North Bay, look for LWV Sonoma’s booth at Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square.

As always, rally around LWV Bay Area’s website to plug into local Leagues and learn about other events happening this winter. In celebration of the 100th LWV anniversary, the annual Bay Area League Day forum is scheduled for February 29th and centered on the theme “Looking Back, Moving Forward.”

Ahead of the festivities, the Bay Area Monitor’s February edition is planning a special look at events, developments, and movements that unlocked broader political participation by women over the past 100 years.

Our editorial staff is working on a range of stories related to our four main beats that:

  • reflect on open space as Women’s March protest sites;
  • show the ways in which gender role viewpoints have affected the transportation field;
  • share current perspective on water policy from Stanford hydrologist Newsha Ajami; and
  • chronicle LWVBA’s efforts to provide news and analysis — including via the Monitor — on key policy issues related to air quality and other needs.

Look for this special edition in print and online in early February.

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