Pioneer Valley Women’s March set for Jan. 18 in Springfield

  • About 1,000 people march down Bridge Street toward Northampton City Hall during the third annual Pioneer Valley Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

For the Gazette
Published: 12/24/2019 9:54:47 AM

The 4th Annual Pioneer Valley Women’s March in Northampton has been moved to Springfield and will take place on Jan. 18. 

“The Pioneer Valley Women’s March intentions were always to encompass participants in the Pioneer Valley,” said Regional Outreach Director Jeannette River. “After three years, we felt we were in a place to bring it to the biggest city in the Pioneer Valley, which is Springfield.” 

“Moving the march shows solidarity with the issues, as well as making it accessible to more women who may find it difficult to travel to Northampton, where the march is normally held,” River added.

Northampton City Councilor-elect Rachel Maiore, a co-founder and director of the march, said, “The Springfield organizing team has been working hard for months to plan the 2020 march. We now have a large, enthusiastic and diverse committee. I’m thrilled that our movement has gained momentum and we are demonstrating our regional solidarity.” 

According to organizers, this year’s march “will focus on calling for climate action in addition to demanding justice and equality for women and gender-oppressed people.” 

The march will start at Northgate Plaza at 1985 Main St. at 11 a.m. It will end at Springfield City Hall at 38 Court St.


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