Two Women’s Marches take over downtown Seattle streets this weekend

Jan 19, 2019, 7:50 AM | Updated: Jan 20, 2019, 10:01 am

The second of two Women’s Marches is underway in downtown Seattle.

Organized by Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Washington and Councilmember Kshama Sawant, the Seattle Women’s MMIW March 2019 is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and starts in Occidental Park. They plan to march to Seattle City Hall at 11 a.m. This event reportedly does not have a permit. According to its Facebook page, 1,700 people are interested in this event, and 318 have confirmed they are going.

The first march started Saturday morning. The group began at Cal Anderson Park, marched through downtown Seattle and ended at Seattle Center.

The Seattle Times reports that the Women’s March has splintered at the national level. A similar division has occurred in Seattle. The march on Sunday promotes itself as more inclusive of Jewish women. The national organization (which is associated with the Saturday event) has received criticism for what some call anti-Semitisim. The organization has countered this criticism, however.

Other marches are planned for Western Washington. One in Olympia on Saturday has 1,400 people confirmed going. More than 100,000 people attended the Women’s March in 2017 following President Trump’s inauguration.

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Two Women’s Marches take over downtown Seattle streets this weekend