Women's march

Yakama Nation tribe members and supporters of missing and murdered indigenous women lead the Women's March on Yakima down Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in January 2019, in downtown Yakima. The 2020 march will be on Jan. 18.

Several local groups and women’s rights supporters are gearing up for the fourth annual Women’s March on Yakima.

The march will start around noon on Saturday, Jan. 18, in front of the Unitarian Universalist Church at 225 N. Second St. The route will continue on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to North Eighth Street, then will return to the Unitarian Universalist Church via Yakima Avenue.

A short program will precede the march, with YWCA Board President Reesha Cosby facilitating comments for speakers sharing concerns.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima are lead organizers of the event.

Other community groups supporting the march include the Filipino American Political Action Group of Washington, La Casa Hogar, League of Women Voters of Yakima County, One America, and the Youth Empowerment Program.

A press release from Women’s March on Yakima said the march advocates for justice for missing and murdered indigenous women and victims of domestic violence, access to reproductive health care, the end to violence against trans-women, and safety and support for the LGBTQ community.

Participants also march to affirm that black lives matter, to advocate for protection and access for immigrants and refugees, and for action in response to climate change, the press release noted.

“We recognize and honor the individuals and communities who continue to seek justice, fairness, and safety,” the press release said. “We march side by side, knowing that we are stronger together.”