Women’s March returns to Pittsburgh for ‘Power to the Polls’ training and rally

The event is January 21 Downtown.

Young Pittsburghers join in the 2017 Women's March in Pittsburgh.

Young Pittsburghers join in the 2017 Women's March in Pittsburgh.

Jasmine Goldband / The Incline
MJ Slaby

Updated, Jan. 17

The Women’s March is returning to Pittsburgh in 2018 with a focus on voter registration.

The Pittsburgh chapter of The Women’s March on Washington and Indivisible Pittsburgh, along with several other groups, are organizing a “Power to the Polls” voter registration training, march and rally for Jan. 21, per news releases from the two organizations.

The march celebrates the year of work since the 2017 marches, including the one in Pittsburgh, and puts the focus on voting and voter registration.

Attendees will gather at the City-County Building Downtown at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21 for poster making, and the event starts at 11:30 a.m. with a march to Market Square. At Market Square will be “information about the voting process [and] our voting districts” as well as “speakers from around our region who have done the work of resistance this year and those with vision for work moving forward,” per the release. Speakers include:

  • William D. Anderson of Fair Districts PA
  • Jill Helbling of Tuesdays with Toomey Pittsburgh
  • Lisa Perri-Lang, Pa. director of Women’s March on Washington
  • Blair J. Mickles, fellow of The Mission Continues at the South Hills Interfaith Movement
  • Ian Price of Tax March Pgh
  • Mykie Reidy of Progress 18 PA

The vision is to have voter registration training as well as a march and rally, Tracy Baton, an organizer, told The Incline. She said organizers are also planning for online voter registration training before the event.

The march is part of a network of events that correspond with a national Women’s March event on Jan. 21 in Las Vegas to mark the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and launch of the “collective 2018 Women’s March agenda: #PowerToThe Polls,” per the organization’s website. The Las Vegas event will kick-off a national voter registration tour to register new voters and elect more women and progressive candidates.

Last year’s Pittsburgh sister march attracted about 15,000 people Downtown. At the same time in East Liberty, hundreds attended the Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional Rally/March, which was created after concerns about how “intentionally intersectional” the sister march would be.

In addition to Pittsburgh representatives of the Women’s March and Indivisible Pittsburgh, other organizations joining the 2018 event are: The Women’s March on Washington – Pennsylvania; The Women’s March on Washington – PA Southwest; Indivisible Squirrel Hill, FIERCE: Pittsburgh and Southwest PA, FIERCE: Pennsylvania, Tax March Pgh, Tuesday with Toomey Pittsburgh and others.