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‘Rally on Raleigh’ on Saturday will highlight women’s issues and protest Trump policies

2017 women’s march in Raleigh drew thousands in solidarity with DC march

Thousands of women marched in downtown Raleigh's City Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 showing solidarity with a mass march scheduled in Washington, D.C. One year later, "Rally on Raleigh" will be held Saturday on Halifax Mall.
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Thousands of women marched in downtown Raleigh's City Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 showing solidarity with a mass march scheduled in Washington, D.C. One year later, "Rally on Raleigh" will be held Saturday on Halifax Mall.

Women Mobilize NC will hold a “Rally on Raleigh” on Saturday, one of many gatherings planned in the state and across the country where women will speak in opposition to policies of the Trump administration.

The event – planned as a rally, not a march, to avoid disrupting bus traffic – comes a year after 17,000 to 30,000 women marched through downtown Raleigh the day after Trump was sworn in as president.

Like the 2017 event, the one planned for Saturday will feature music, plus more than a dozen women speakers from political, social justice and religious organizations. The theme of the event is “Women Leading the Resistance.”

Similar events are planned in Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Asheville, Hillsborough and nationwide.

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Carly Jones chants during the Women’s March on Raleigh in 2017. Adam Jennings newsobserver.com

The Raleigh rally will be held on Halifax Mall, behind the state legislative building on Jones Street, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with speakers scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

No downtown streets are expected to be closed for the event.

More information is available at womensmarchonraleigh.org/ and at Women Mobilize NC.

Martha Quillin: 919-829-8989, @MarthaQuillin

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