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Cincinnati Women's March Back On For 2020

The first and second Cincinnati women's marches in 2017 and 2018 attracted thousands.
Bill Rinehart
The first and second Cincinnati women's marches in 2017 and 2018 attracted thousands.

After a year off for reasons said to be "practical, not ideological," the Cincinnati Women's March is back. Billing themselves as "peaceful, passionate and progressive," the organizers of the third Cincinnati Women's March are preparing for the Jan. 18 event to  be held at Sawyer Point.

Community Organizer Billie Mays says women's rights are being attacked daily, and she hopes that inspires people to get involved.

"So many women who have never been involved - never thought they would be leaders, never thought they would run for office; just never thought that we could do this, just never make a difference - now we see that we can and that we have to,"  Mays says.

Mays and others hope to reinvigorate people in a year they call "dire."

The first march in 2017 drew about 14,000. Another one in 2018 brought out 12,000 people.

Organizers hope the march is just the beginning for people. Mays suggests joining organizations and being active in the political process.

Here's what the group posted on its Facebook page:

We will rally at the P&G Pavilion area at Sawyer Point, starting at 12 pm (DJ music starting at 11 am!) with a march following a short program of speakers! We will return to the park after marching for a CELEBRATION with speakers, performers, and interaction with local organizations! Also check out local small businesses that will be vendors! This anniversary action is our rededication to the international movement of women’s strength, power, and determination. 2020 is crucial to get involved and make change. We will work to elect progressive candidates that represent our values!

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