Oklahoma City organizers prepare for second Women's March
Oklahoma City —
Oklahoma City organizers expect thousands of women to meet on the south lawn of the State Capitol Saturday morning for the second Women’s March.
They’ll be joining millions of others across the country for the event, coming together to make their voices heard. Last year’s Women’s March was one of the largest single day demonstrations in modern U.S. history.
“We are keeping the call to action alive and well, and we’ll continue to do so,” said Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, one of the organizers for Oklahoma City’s march. She says more than 12,000 people came out last year.
“And since then, women have engaged,” she said. “They’re running for office. They’re running campaigns.”
Many of those candidates will be at this year’s Women’s March.
“In Oklahoma alone, we have way more women than we ever have had running for office,” said organizer Chelsey Branham. “ Nationally, the numbers have skyrocketed as well. There are women that have definitely been engaged and a fire lit within them to be that change.”
It’s a sign of progress, but organizers say there’s still much more work to do.
“I’m really hopeful we’ll eventually move beyond a rally focus and move towards direct action,” Branham said.
They’ll be a big push to register voters and encourage women to make their voices heard not just on the streets, but at the polls.
“We’ve got to get women understanding they have to vote,” said Dickerson.
The march will begin on the south lawn of the Capitol shortly after 11 a.m. There is also a Women’s March in Tulsa and in hundreds of cities across the country.
There is a YouCaring site set up to help fund the OKC Women's March. Organizers say they still need donations to cover the costs of a sound system, tents, stage and security.