This year's triumphant NYC women's march drew 750,000 protestors & their creative signs to Midtown, and now a repeat is planned for 2018. The Women's March Alliance announced today that the march will return on January 20th, with demonstrators invited to walk from Columbus Circle to Midtown in support of women's rights and civil equality.
The goal of the march "is to defend and maintain the basic rights of women, immigrants, LGBTQ+, the religious and nonreligious, people of color, and the environment," Katherine Siemionko, founder and President of Women's March Alliance, said in a statement. Though the specifics haven't been hammered out yet, the march will wind its way south and through midtown, then end with an "activism fair" to help participants increase their involvement in various causes.
Last year's march was held in tandem with similar marches all over the country to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump the day prior, with the massive Women's March on Washington in D.C. serving as the cornerstone. The Washington Post estimated that around 4 million people may have participated in the marches nationwide, making it potentially the largest single-day demonstration in United States history.
Since the march, some activists have urged organizers to hold another event, and though the NYC march is organized separately from the national march, Siemionko says New York is stepping up to the challenge. "Over the last year, we’ve heard an overwhelming call for a second demonstration," Siemionko said. "With each successive degradation of basic human rights, the outpouring of support for this form of social activism grows exponentially."
Though 2017 organizers claimed the NYC Women's March wasn't specifically intended to protest Trump, marchers showed up in droves with signs berating the new administration, particularly in light of Trump's infamous "grab them by the pussy" tape and the GOP Congress's longstanding attack on women's reproductive rights. It's not clear what specific topics next year's march will address, but surely people will come up with something.