YAKIMA, Wash. -- At least a hundred supporters — and possibly hundreds more — are anticipated to rally in support of Saturday’s second annual Women’s March on Yakima. As of Wednesday, 124 people were signed up through Facebook to participate with 264 others saying they were interested in the march.
Marchers will start at 11 a.m. at Millennium Plaza, winding their way along about 1 mile of sidewalks through downtown Yakima. A finalized route is expected to be released Thursday, said Rochelle Dunmore, president of Act Yakima, an event organizer, along with Yakima County Democrats, Washington State Democrats and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima.
“Power to the Polls” is the theme of the march, which will mirror similar nationwide events. A final national event is planned Sunday in Las Vegas.
Four women will speak prior to Yakima’s event: Yakima native Christine Brown, a former Tri-Cities television station manager and anchor who is a candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat; Rocio Carrion, executive director and co-founder of I AM Empowerment, LLC; Debra Whitefoot, ROSS grant and housing coordinator for the Yakama Nation Housing Authority; and A.C. Davis High School senior Joy Dumas.
Dunmore said Dumas, who also is editor of Unleashed, the Yakima Herald-Republic’s teen journalism program, was asked to speak after group members heard her impassioned speech at Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
“She just blew everybody away,” Dunmore said.