Northampton sister marches combine, stand in solidarity with Women’s March Saturday

  • Marchers in the event will end near Northampton City Hall after their march begins at Sheldon Field Saturday. JERREY ROBERTS

Published: 1/19/2017 1:37:36 PM

Two separate Northampton events inspired by the upcoming Women’s March on Washington have combined, promising an inclusive and accessible day of events Saturday.

The Northampton March for Decency and the Join the Voices: Women’s March sister event were each started to provide local options to those residents who want to stand in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, but, for whatever reason, could not make the trip to the nation’s capital. After prospective attendees informed organizers about the other event, they decided to join forces.

“This is an inclusive march, and everyone who supports the march’s goals are welcome to join this peaceful gathering,” the organizers wrote in a listing on the Women’s March website.

Planned events:

10 a.m. — Livestream of Women’s March on Washington begins at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St., in the Social Room.

11:30 a.m. — March begins at Sheldon Field, ending at Pulaski Park near city hall. Cars and other vehicles are welcomed for those who cannot walk, though signs on cars cannot block windows.

12:30 p.m. — Marchers and livestreamers converge for rally at Unitarian Society of Northampton. Planned speakers include Mary Ford, the first female mayor of Northampton; Diana Sierra from the Pioneer Valley Workers Center; Marty Nathan from the Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice, La Cliniquita and Climate Action Now; and activist Frances Crowe. Myra Lam, from the American Friends Service Committee, will emcee.

An additional sister march is planned for Greenfield.

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