WOMEN’S MARCH OF SOUTHERN OREGON POSTPONED UNTIL FALL
Ashland, OR: March 8, 2020 – The fourth annual Women’s March of Southern Oregon, celebrating the Suffragist Centennial, originally scheduled for March 29, is being postponed until fall.
The steering committee, after reevaluating all the arrangements made for this years march, has decided it would be irresponsible to continue to have an event where there will be “large gatherings of people in a contained area”, namely the Medford Armory. The event had plans to have a variety of speakers, entertainment, food, singing and over twenty booths representing agencies that tend to the needs of women and children living in Southern Oregon. One of this years highlights was to be the One Billion Rising Flash Mob Dance “, consisting of at least 100 women dancing to the song “Break the Chain”. Recommendations from health officials include “Social Distancing”, which means keeping people apart from one another (preferably 6 feet apart, and sanitizing shared objects). We are certain this would not have been possible at our event.
“We were so excited with the direction the march was taking this year. One of our intents was to emphasize the importance of voting and acknowledging the hard work of those women who went before us to get the 19th amendment passed, “ said Mimi Pippel, one of the committee members. Jennifer Bacon, another committee member said, “We have the template all ready to go, so it shouldn’t be that difficult to rev the whole thing up in the fall. Maybe in October to help get out the vote energy!”
Updates will continue to be posted on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/womenmarchsouthernoregon