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Women's March-McHenry County hosting event on Woodstock Square

In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections that propelled an unprecedented wave of women to Congress, Women’s March-McHenry County has planned a Women’s March on the Woodstock Square in coordination with sister marches in cities and communities across the globe.

The march in Woodstock is one of hundreds happening nationwide Saturday, and it will commemorate the 2017 Women’s March on Washington.

“People from around the country will unite in Washington, D.C., to make their voices heard,” said Cathy Johnson, a spokeswoman for Women’s March-McHenry County. “We’ve been organizing locally to advocate for the policies that matter to us and impact women’s lives, and we’re flooding the streets in solidarity with our sisters in D.C. to remind the country that McHenry County and northern Illinois resists.”

Two years after the historic 2017 Women’s March, women and allies will march in towns, cities and communities from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to Woodstock as part of a nationwide #WomensWave.

“The 2017 Women’s March galvanized this country and birthed a new wave of the women’s rights movement,” Johnson said. “That wave is coming to [the] Woodstock Square as we share our vision of what a truly inclusive, just society looks like. We’re coming with an agenda, and that agenda is national and local.

“Speakers are planned, and we will be demonstrating our commitment to local action by asking marchers to bring monetary or sellable donations, or needed supplies for Home of the Sparrow, which supports local homeless women and children.”

“Healing, Community, Resistance” is the theme of the local march. The women’s movement is committed to interconnected healing through building and supporting vulnerable communities and resisting injustice and oppression. Events will include music, speakers and a brief march around the Square ending at Sparrow’s Nest, a Home of the Sparrow resale shop.

Sellable items and monetary and supply donations to Home of the Sparrow/Sparrow’s Nest will be accepted.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Women’s March-McHenry County

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Woodstock Square, 121 W. Van Buren St.

INFORMATION: womensmarch.com

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