One year ago, thousands of Napa Valley residents -- comprised of women, men and children --gathered in Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Napa to peacefully rally in in support of love, solidarity and unification. Once again, with this year’s theme – “First We March, Then We Vote, Hear our Voices” -- Women’s March Napa Valley (WMNV) will join a national movement to unify and empower those who stand for women’s rights, civil liberties, social justice and human rights. The March is a free, peaceful, non-partisan gathering that will give attendees the opportunity to stand in solidarity for the American values WMNV represents.
March Organizer Irit Weir: “We will use the power of the Women’s March on January 20 to bring attention to the urgency of preparing for the November elections, to augment and magnify the work being done by our partner community organizations to turn out the vote in 2018 and to work on important voting initiatives in the future.”
Marchers will gather at 10:00 am on School Street, between First and Third Streets. Marching to Napa Valley Expo will begin at 10:30 am. Oakland-based vocal activist Melanie DeMore will join song leaders Anne Jungerman and Rosemarie Gallagher in singing a variety of songs along the way; all marchers are invited to sing along.
The program will begin at 11:00 am outside (rain or shine) on the larger of two parking lots perpendicular to Chardonnay Hall. Drumming by the John Hannaford Drum Group will welcome people into the setting accompanied by a special dance performance with World Beat Dance Collective.
Ten year-old Sophia Morales will sing the opening song, followed by a variety of songs, a Human Mosaic and a tribute/presentation to First Responders. Featured speakers are (as of this date, more to follow): Laura Lopez (sharing her experience as a DACA recipient); and Belia Ramos (County of Napa/Board of Supervisors’ member). Melanie DeMore will provide call and response songs inviting audience participation.
Along the periphery of the lot, over 40 nonprofit and activist representatives will be at tables answering questions and providing literature on their respective organizations. Voter registration tables and personnel will also be on site.