A rally taking place on Jan. 21 will bring thousands of women and their allies to the streets of San Francisco, for the first ever Women’s March Bay Area event. On Wednesday organizers of the event announced the speakers and performers who will be attending the rally, which will meet first at Civic Center.
The event is being held one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, in a “national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all,” and the chosen presenters are emblematic of that theme.
Speaking at the event will be Supervisor Jane Kim, the first Korean-American elected official in San Francisco whose leadership of the Tenderloin, Mid-Market and SoMa requires a deep connection to community organizing in neighborhoods that are undergoing unique struggles in the changing climate of The City.
Hung Liu is a Chinese painter whose subjects are often those not traditionally referenced in art— such as prostitutes, refugees, street performers, soldiers, and prisoners. Liu lives in Oakland, and is a Professor Emerita at Mills College.
Katherine Ellison from Marin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former foreign correspondent. Ellison is a strong advocate of motherhood as a political motivator, both globally and locally.
Ameena Jandali is a founding member of the Islamic Networks Group, where she designs and develops educational presentations for a variety of institutions. She teaches at City College, and received her masters from UC Berkeley.
Ruth McFarlane, Esq. works at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families. McFarlane holds a Masters from UC Berkeley.
Maria de Lourdes Reboyoso is the fundraiser for grassroots group Mujeres Unidas y Activas. An immigrant from Mexico, she is a single mom and a strong advocate for immigrant rights.
Last but not least, Angelica Vargas is a student from UC Berkeley and a beneficiary of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Cal Grant after having maintained a 4.0 GPA through high school.
That wraps up the speakers for the event, but several performing artists will also be in attendance. Singer songwriter Emily Afton will perform her indie rock / soul music. Hip hop performer MicahTron, a queer artist who was formerly homeless, will also be sharing her work with the crowd. And Your Fearless Leader, a seven-piece band, will bring inspiring energy to the event.
The rally will kick off at 3 p.m. at Civic Center, where speakers and performers will present. At 5 p.m. a candle lit march will proceed from Civic Center to Justin Herman Plaza. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 35,000 people had RSVPed to the event on Facebook.2016 electionDonald Trumpprotestwomen's marchwomen's rights