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What’s new this year at the Seattle Women’s March

Elle Christensen watches the crowd for Seattle's women's march past her perch at Seventh and Jackson on Jan. 21.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols
Elle Christensen watches 2017's women's march in Seattle from a perch at Seventh and Jackson.

Thousands of people – maybe tens of thousands, according to the city of Seattle — are expected at the second Women’s March in Seattle this Saturday.

Last year's protest was a direct response to the election of Donald Trump and came a day after his inauguration.

Since then, there’s been a year of uncertainty about health care, immigration and women’s rights, along with the advance of the #MeToo movement. So the goals this year are broader, said Ali Lee, one of the organizers of Seattle Women’s March 2.0.

"We are really trying to make it a weekend of action, and it's important that people know that there's multiple organizations out there and we're pushing in the same direction," she said.

The events begin Saturday with a rally at 10 a.m. at Cal Anderson Park. The march follows at 11:30 a.m., traveling downtown on Pine Street before turning north on Fourth Avenue to Seattle Center. (Route map here.)

Organizers are urging people to take public transit to avoid traffic in the area.

But the rally and march are only half of the weekend. On Sunday, there are classes and discussions around the Seattle area on women's issues and related topics.

For instance at the Amplifier Impact Hub in Pioneer Square, there will be panels on disabled women and film and storytelling by indigenous women.

Casa Latina will host a self-defense class, a workshop on men confronting sexism and other events.

And KEXP will play women musicians all day.

You can find the full schedule here