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Women March to Win in Downtown Naples

Dec 31, 2019 09:32AM

Participants in Naples' fourth annual Women’s March, Women March to Win, on January 18, will assemble at 9 a.m. in Cambier Park and at 10 a.m. begin walking south on 6th Street South, turning west on 8th Avenue South, north on 3rd Street South to 5th Avenue, and finish back in Cambier Park. 


Lead organizers for Women March to Win are individuals from Collier Freedom (CF), a social justice nonprofit. Additional organizations and sponsors aiding CF are Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), SWFLJustice4All Coalition, Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, Naples Pride, PFLAG (the extended family of the LGBTQ community), Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Naples, Planned Parenthood, Collier County Democratic Party and other groups. 


Three emcees will handle duties in three languages. Tamara Paquette, who has emceed the last three March ceremonies, will speak in English, Javier Estevez Spanish and noted educator and activist Juniace Senecharles Etienne in Creole.


The march will be followed by a celebration in Cambier Park with speakers, musical entertainment by the all-female R&B band Women Don’t Conform, video vignettes and food trucks. In addition, march organizers will recognize female leading lights of the community that have proven, sometimes through decades of service, their devotion to bettering our community. 


Speakers include noted environmentalist and member of the Miccosukee Tribe Betty Osceola; President of Planned Parenthood, Stephanie Fraim; and Lupe Gonzalez, of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). 


Filmed testimonials by a multi-ethnic, diverse group of students, adults and teachers will be produced by the Media Department of the Lorenzo Walker Technical College and displayed on large video screens from the stage. Vendors will sell merchandise and nonprofits will be dispense information on behalf of supporters and organizing groups. The event concludes at 2 p.m.


This year’s logo pays homage to the women that fought and won the right to vote in 1920 and celebrates that centennial landmark. Women March to Win is affiliated with the national March on the Polls organization, which currently has more than 40 affiliate marches across North America. 


For more information, call KC Shulberg, member of CF at 239-784-0880, email [email protected] or visit WeAreMarchOn.org/affiliates. 


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