More than 3,000 expected to attend Asheville Women's March
More than 3,000 women are expected in downtown Asheville on Saturday for the Women’s March. The march coincides with the Women’s March in Washington D.C. Both will take place a day after President-elect Trump’s inauguration.
Marie Germain who began organizing the march said the event is open to anyone who would like to come.
“I started the Facebook page about three weeks ago,” said Germain, who worked as a grass-roots organizer for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “The main reason this march is organized is there is an overwhelming demand from the residents here in Asheville. A lot of volunteers came to me and said, 'Marie, are you going to organize a march?'”
She said her work is to empower anyone who feels marginalized whether because of their race, gender, or ethnicity.
Mayor Esther Manheimer will be one of the several speakers before the march begins.
“I think it’s important for people to feel included in that this isn’t excluding anyone,” Manheimer said. “That this is more about people and people’s rights. And when they see this happening, even if they can’t make it to the event, that they understand that there is some element of this march that speaks for them.”
Germain is a professor at WCU. Lori Horvitz, who is also assisting with the event, said the election of Donald Trump was a motivating factor for organizing the march.
“I don’t think this would be happening if another person won,” said Horvitz, who cited Trump’s flippant comments about various groups and individuals over the course of the campaign as reasons women and other individuals felt motivated to organize.
The march will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pack Square Park. To learn more, visit their Facebook event page.