What to expect for Seattle Women's March 2.0

The Seattle Women's March, Jan. 21, 2017 (Photo courtesy Lydia Yekalam)

SEATTLE -- After last year's Seattle Women's March brought an estimated 175,000 participants, expect a busy day in the city Saturday for the Women's March 2.0.

The Seattle Women's March 2.0 will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill.

Pre-march events are expected to go from from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will include speakers such as Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, performers and musicians, according to the march's Facebook page.

The march will then head down to Westlake Park and finish about 3 p.m. at Seattle Center.

In Seattle, Tracy Riser says she's going to be there with her pink knit hat.

“This is going to be a pussy hat. It's not done yet. I’ve got two more rows to do. But, it's my own design,” said Riser.

Riser says last year she knit nine or 10 hats-- many that she gave away. She was hopeful things around the country would get better.

This year, she said, “I'm marching in protest of this administration, and I’m marching in support of women's issues.”

If you are planning on traveling downtown Saturday, Fourth Avenue north of Pike Street will be closed beginning at noon to all traffic during the march.

Organizers recommend taking the Light Rail system to get to Cal Anderson Park.

Sound Transit plans to operate extra Link light rail trains at the Capitol Hill Station near the park. Metro buses will also have additional buses as needed on routes 8, 41, 44, 101, 150, 255, RapidRide C, D, and E lines.

ST Express Routes 512, 550 and 554 will also have extra service.

More about public transportation options can be found here.

The hope is to engage and empower all people to support women's rights, racial equity, and human rights, according to organizers.

“Last year was important. This year is personal and people are having real reasons why they are going to come out and march,” said Jannine Brunyee.

Organizers say this year, they also want to encourage people to discuss the #metoo movement.

On Sunday, organizers say it'll be a day of action all across Seattle with a whole bunch of hubs for people to connect with issues they really care about.

“Direct action really does (create an) impact for the good of the community,” said Palmira Figeuroa who’s helping to organize Sunday’s “Womxn Act on Seattle.”

“We really hope it will be the first day of activism, that people come out and march and express what they have to say. And then, we hope they will get involved locally with national organizations that are on the ground driving change every day,” said Brunyee.

This year's march is organized by several organizations including Be the Change Network, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Fuse Washington, Huskies for NARAL and Act Now Mantra.

Last year's march, along with marches all across the country, were held as an act of solidarity with the Women's March on Washington D.C., which drew crowds of up to a million, according to some estimates.

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