Revelstoke organizers plan local rally Saturday in support of Women’s March on Washington

Revelstoke residents are holding a local unity gathering Saturday to coincide with the Canadian Women's March, and the Women's March on Washington.

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File photo: A National Day of Mourning ceremony at the Revelstoke Workers' Memorial in Centennial Park.

Revelstoke residents are holding a local unity gathering Saturday to coincide with the Canadian Women’s March, and the Women’s March on Washington.

The national event south of the border is timed to coincide with the inauguration of incoming U.S. president Donald Trump.

Locally, the Revelstoke event happens on Saturday, Jan. 21. Marchers will meet at 10 a.m. at Kovach Park and arrive at the Centennial Park Worker’s Memorial around 11 a.m., where there will be a peaceful “unity gathering” until noon.

Organizer Anne Keller said the initiative was going viral, with over 650 marches planned.

“Words for Peace and Unity will be spoken and people are encouraged to bring a candle to light and words to share with the group. This is peaceful global initiative, not a political protest. It is all inclusive (yes guys are welcome!), will be open to all ages, and will be as accessible as possible for any who want to attend,” the organizers said in a statement.

“Communities around the world will stand together in solidarity shoulder to shoulder for the protection of our human rights, our safety, our health, and our families. The strength of our cultures is essential to create vibrant, diverse and strong communities. We will rally together in solidarity, equality, diversity and inclusion. This day will be recognized as the International Day of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.”

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