Sisters Solidarity Rally changes location


Organizers of the local Sisters Solidarity Rally in support of Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington say they have changed the location of the rally because of possible thunderstorms.

The event, originally planned to be on the east side of Jones Park in Gulfport, will now be indoors at Café Climb at 1316 30th Ave. in Gulfport from 1 to 3 p.m.

“Weather permitting, after the indoor rally, some will still march (to the federal courthouse in Gulfport),” an organizers’ press release said Wednesday.

Speakers and performers for the event are Melinda Medina, Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance; Molly Kester, Mississippi Rainbow Coalition; Amelia Cooper, WJZD; Ginni Tran, Mercy Housing; Ashley Peterson, Faith In Women; and Carol Henderson, Esquire.

The purpose of the local rally and the national Women’s March on Washington is, according to the mission statement: “. . . to send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

The local Sisters Solidarity Rally is sponsored by Steps Coalition; Education, Economics, Environment, Climate and Health Organization; El Pueblo Immigration; Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance; Women and Gender Studies Student Organization; Mississippi Rainbow Center; Mississippi Rising Coalition; Mississippi Women’s Economic Security Campaign; and Mississippi Gulf Coast League of Women Voters.

“Mississippi Coast Women attending the march in Washington, D.C. will connect with local marchers through social media,” the press release said. “Though organized by women, all who champion human rights and justice are welcome to attend.”

Scott Hawkins: 228-896-2424, @ScottHawkins4

If you go

What: Sisters Solidarity Rally

Where: Café Climb, 1316 30th Ave., Gulfport

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday