Green Bay hosts regional Women’s March event

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Demonstrators took to the streets across the country on Saturday, as a part of the Womens’ March.

Three events affiliated with the National Womens’ March took place in Wisconsin, and one of those was right here in downtown Green Bay.

The other two marches took place in Eau Claire and Milwaukee.

Organizers estimate that more than 300 men, women, and children attended the event in Green Bay.

Stephanie Ortiz is the State Director of Outreach for Womens’ March Wisconsin.

She told Local Five that participants she has been in touch with are “just so thankful to have actions like this take place in Green Bay. I feel like they’ve been happening more frequently over the past year and I thought it was just really important that we have another opportunity to have an anniversary event because last year’s march in Green Bay was pretty successful as well.”

The 2018 theme for the National Womens’ March is “Power to the Polls,” and that was reflected in Green Bay through a voting registry booth at the event.

Ortiz says that this year, organizers tried to focus on lifting up women of color.

“I think it’s important to take an intersectional approach,” she said. “And so while we talk about feminism, it’s also important that our feminism is intersectional, and that includes race, gender, class and all the other ism’s, and we’re really hoping that by today by centering our speakers and our workshops on women of color leaders, that’s a step in the right direction.”

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