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Women's Marches Planned Saturday for Albuquerque, Santa Fe

Organizers are planning a Women's March in Albuquerque and Santa Fe on Saturday. (Liv Baca-Hochhausler)
Organizers are planning a Women's March in Albuquerque and Santa Fe on Saturday. (Liv Baca-Hochhausler)
January 19, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Thousands of New Mexicans are expected to take to the streets of Santa Fe and Albuquerque on Saturday to attend marches in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, which is taking place at the same time in Washington, D.C.

There are sister events going on in all 50 states and in 32 countries to put equal rights front and center on the day after President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Liv Baca-Hochhausler, who is on the steering committee for the Albuquerque event, said she's worried about what the incoming administration might do.

"Given the rhetoric of the past election cycle, we can see a threat to our reproductive rights, a threat to the environment, also decreased access to health care,” Baca-Hochhausler said.

Baca-Hochhausler noted that on the campaign trail, Trump vowed to de-fund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act. And his nominee to head the EPA, Scott Pruitt, has sued that agency multiple times in an effort to weaken environmental regulations.

The Santa Fe march will begin at 11 a.m. at the Bataan National Memorial Building, with a rally from noon - 2 p.m. at the State Capitol building. The event in Albuquerque starts at 11 a.m. at the Albuquerque Civic Plaza.

Baca-Hochhausler said dozens of progressive organizations will take part.

"We wanted to have speakers who would motivate the crowd to perform direct action,” she said, "be it calling their state reps or volunteering or donating time and money to organizations that are in danger of being de-funded with this incoming administration."

Organizers are expecting more than 200,000 at the Women's March in Washington, D.C. and over 1.5 million at the more-than 600 sister marches in cities across the country.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NM