The community is invited to join the St. John Women’s March set for noon to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19. Participants will meet at the Freedom Statue in Frank Powell Park across from the ferry dock for a short presentation before marching to the entrance of the Virgin Islands National Park and back.
“We will gather in solidarity with women around the world,” says a statement posted on the group’s public Facebook page. “We stand together with our partners, men and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families. We come together to recognize that our vibrant and diverse community is our strength.”
The Cruz Bay march is one of dozens planned for that day in cities and towns throughout the world, including Washington D.C., Tokyo, Rome, Johannesburg and Auckland. According to the national movement’s website, “The mission of the Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.”
The first Women’s March was held Jan. 21, 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. In Cruz Bay in 2017, nearly 200 people marched to express their views on political and social issues.
This year, participants are encouraged to bring water, signs, drums, their voices and friends. Sen. Janelle Sarauw and Pamela Richards Samuel are scheduled to speak. Miss Ingrid, Lauren Jones Magnie and the Dynamic Dancers will perform during the rally.