Demonstrators are planning to rally at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday in solidarity with hundreds of other planned protests across the nation in support of women’s rights and decrying the Trump administration’s efforts to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The Women’s March event in Pasadena is scheduled for 11 a.m. at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., organizers said.
“There are over 400 being planned around the country and Pasadena is one of them,” said Jenna Karvunidis, who is co-hosting the event along with Monique Anderson.
Beyond supporting women’s equality and rights, in general, Saturday’s rally has a particular message attached to it, as confirmation proceedings are ongoing for the President’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, to replace Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18, Karvundis said.
“This march particularly has to do with not confirming the new Supreme Court justice until after the election,” she said.
“It was Ginsburg’s dying wish to not be replaced until after the election, and I think that we should honor that,” Karvundis said.
“Together we will send an unmistakable message about the fierce opposition to Trump and his agenda, including his attempt to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court,” organizers said in a written statement.
Safety will be a priority, Karvundis said. Masks are mandatory.
“We are standing six feet apart. This is more of a demonstration — it’s called the women’s March, but we’re not going to be moving from one location to another. We’ve got some speakers who are going to speak and then it’ll dissipate in about an hour.”
Karvundis said it’s important to provide a local opportunity for people to speak out.
“These are regular everyday people who have a real problem with some of the decisions that are being made for all of us,” she said. “I felt like it needed to happen in Pasadena because there are people who are maybe fearful to go or don’t want to travel [to to other cities].”
For those not comfortable with attending an in-person rally, a host of virtual events are also planned to coincide with the 2020 Women’s March.
Women’s March Los Angeles was planning a peer-to-peer texting campaign, encouraging participants to help achieve the goal of contacting five million voters this weekend, according to the organization.
“Whether you march and text, or just do one or the other — know we are united in this together,” Women’s March L.A. said in a written statement.
Participants can RSVP for the Pasadena Women’s March online at act.womensmarch.com/event/oct-17-march/162/signup.
Information on Women’s March L.A.’s planned activities can be found at womensmarchla.org.