Group plans rallies to mark anniversary of women's march

Group plans rallies to mark anniversary of women's march

SPRINGFIELD — Indivisible Illinois chapters around Illinois will mark the one-year anniversary of last year's women's march on Washington, D.C., with a number of 2018 March on the Polls events.

There will not be an event in Champaign-Urbana, however.

The nearest events will be at noon Saturday at the State Capitol in Springfield and at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kankakee County Courthouse in Kankakee. Other events will be held in Carbondale, Chicago, East Peoria, Galesburg, Naperville, Rock Island and Rockford.

Indivisible Illinois is a network of politically progressive groups affiliated with the national Indivisible movement and its more than 6,000 local groups. A majority of Indivisible activists are women, according to the group.

"I've heard so many people describe last year's Women's March as life-changing," said Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, a statewide coordinator for Indivisible Illinois. "We hope those same people will turn out again and join us to March to the Polls."

She said she believes most Champaign-Urbana Indivisible members will go to the Springfield rally or to a nationwide "Power to the Polls" event Sunday in Las Vegas.

Saturday's event in Springfield will be led by state Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

The group will hold a rally at noon at the Lincoln statue on the east side of the State Capitol, have a program with Mendoza as the keynote speaker and then march to the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield.