On January 21, 2017, the day after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, massive demonstrations for equality, justice, and tolerance took place in Washington, DC, and cities around the world.
Known as the Women’s March, perhaps as many as 5 million people participated worldwide.
Two hundred people marched in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The war on women, racial minorities, Muslims, migrants, and the LGBTQ community has only grown since then. So this year, on Saturday, January 20, the march will happen again, and a march is planned for San Jose.
The march in Costa Rica is coming together through spontaneous combustion on social media. One person posted, “Friends, marches will happen all over the world, and Costa Rica, what?” This was the spark. Soon an organizational meeting took place at the Centro de Amigos Para la Paz in San Jose.
The emphasis of the march will be on women’s rights, but will also focus on the world migrant/refugee crisis, the endangered peace process in Colombia and government violence against protestors in Honduras.
The march will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Correo (downtown post office on Calle 2, between Avenidas 1 and 3), proceed to the Parque Central, and end at the Plaza de La Cultura at 1:00 p.m.
Sponsors of the march include:
- WILPF — Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
- Code Pink – Costa Rica
- SOAW CR — School of the Americas Watch
- CAP — Friends Peace Center
- CEPPA — Center of Peace Studies
Steve Johnson, one of the organizers had this to say, “I support the march because women’s rights are human rights. If we lose this struggle, bye-bye democracy.”
From Facebook events, “We march also for Honduras, migrants, and refugees in various parts of the world, and for the danger that confronts the peace process in Colombia.”
Organizers ask you to bring your own sign or use one that we have already made for you, wear something pink, and arrive in front of the Central Post Office before 10:00 a.m.