Women's Solidarity March in Buffalo Today

Buffalo March on Heels of Similar Events Nationwide

January 21, 2018 - 7:37 am

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - On the heels of women's marches nationwide and regionally in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Saturday, a women's solidarity rally is planned to begin at 2:30pm in Buffalo's Niagara Square Sunday. 

During the rallies, demonstrating women not only supported women's rights, but also denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on the anniversary of his inauguration.

The 2017 rally in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar marches, created solidarity for those opposing Trump's views, words and actions. Millions of people around the world marched during last year's rallies. Participants on Saturday talked about the news avalanche of politics and gender issues in the past year. They said they were galvanized by the #MeToo movement, which has been credited as countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct.

Critics of the weekend's marches said the demonstrations were really a protest against Trump.

WNY Peace Center Executive Director Vicki Ross says she expects "well over" 1,000 people will show up this afternoon. The rally is taking place at 2 p.m. at Niagara Square by Buffalo City Hall.

"We've been busy all year long," she said. "This is not been just every once a year people are coming out. The WNY Peace Center and our 35 co-sponsors of this march have been busy all year long with marches, with rallies, with panels, movies, all kinds of opportunities for people to learn and work together, to protest, to create community, to build community, so we've been busy all year and will continue to be busy."

Among their protests will be on topics of racism, militarism, materialism, and environmental degradation.

Sunday's march is expected to conclude by 4 p.m.

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