Oct. 21, 2020 — More than 100 individuals turned out in front of Florence City Hall for the fourth annual national Women’s March on Saturday. The first national march was nearly four years ago in protest of newly-elected President Donald Trump in January 2017.
Since then, the focus of the marches has expanded to express concern over women’s rights issues and, most recently, to acknowledge the passing of well-known Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
During Saturday’s local rally, speakers and participants were made up primarily of women. Short speeches were given by FOR (Florence ORganizes) founding member Nora Kent and Coos County Commissioner Mellissa Cribbens, who is running for District 5 State Senator.
“In this time of multiple crisis, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a lightning rod for clarity for many thousands of women to redouble our work for justice,” Kent said. “ We are taking Action across the nation to signal and strengthen our determination to finish what we started when millions of women first marched in January of 2017.”
The rally was also held to raise awareness of the Presidential, Senatorial and other ballot elections taking place between now and Nov. 3.
The event joined more than 400 marches taking place around the nation the same day.