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By The Skanner News
Published: 28 February 2019

The 2019 Womxn’s March & Rally for Action will take place March 3. The theme of the march is to ​educate, engage and empower​ womxn to fight for positive change and equality. The event will consist of a rally, a march and booths where participants can engage with local nonprofits and social justice organizations.

The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 3 at South Park Blocks, Smith Union at Portland State University (SW Montgomery and SW Park) There will be a rally at noon followed by a march at 1 p.m., with booths open until 3 pm.

Speakers will include:

  • Susheela Jayapal, Keynote -- ​Jayapal is a Multnomah County Commissioner and the first South Asian to hold county office in Oregon. Her district is the most diverse in Multnomah County. Prior to holding office, she worked with many of Portland’s social justice organizations. ​
  • Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici​ -- Bonamici represents Oregon’s First Congressional District. She chairs the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services and was recently appointed to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
  • Deborah Maytubee Denton​ -- Denton is the founder and president of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women USA, which has helped over 300 families. Denton was born for the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, and her family is from the Wildcat Clan.
  • Rabbi Debra Kolodny​ -- Kolodny is a veteran of several social justice movements, bringing a spiritual perspective and an activist’s passion to racial and economic justice and women’s, environmental, peace and LGBTQ causes since 1980.
  • Reyna Lopez​ -- Lopez is the Executive Director of PCUN, Oregon’s farmworker union and the largest Latinx organization in the state. The daughter of farmworkers who immigrated from Mexico, she is a longtime advocate for Oregon’s Latinx population.
  • Shannon Olive​ -- Olive is the founder and president of WomenFirst, a nonprofit that provides community support, mentorship, life skills and empowerment workshops for justice-involved women, women in recovery and women recovering from trauma.

Music will be provided by Baja Solario, a music collective that builds community through music to support immigrant and migrant rights; the Unpresidented Brass Band, a social-action, horn-driven brass band created in response to the current political climate; and DJ Anjali, who has​ been igniting dance floors with Global Bass since 2000​.

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