Townsquare Media / John Taylor

The annual Women's March in Yakima is scheduled for Saturday January 19th with hundreds of women expected to participate in what their facebook page says is an event "Affirming Women in Yakima and Central Washington: We welcome Yakama Nation women & families to lead the march. We march with our sisters, brothers, and siblings who seek respect and justice; we march in the spirit of Democracy to protect our rights, our safety, our health, our families, our friends."

The group will gather at noon at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 225 North Second Street for the rally and speeches followed by the  march down Martin Luther King Jr Blvd to 8th Street and ultimately to Yakima Avenue and to the millenium plaza.

Yakima City Councilwoman Dulce Gutierrez and CWU Political Science Professor Salam Awad are expected to be among the speakers.

The group notes its official affiliation with the national march, which is not without a bit of controversy which has weakened support.  In an article from the Patriot Post , the Democrat National Committee is reported as having lost enthusiasm for the March.

"The Democratic National Committee (DNC) finally purged the Women’s March from its ranks — but only because the political optics had made the action unavoidable.....a number of prominent progressive advocacy groups in withdrawing its support for the Women’s March in the wake of reports detailing anti-Semitic conspiracy-mongering and support for notorious bigot Louis Farrakhan among its leadership.”

Today Washington D.C. hosts the national March for Life.