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Women's March Kern County goes virtual, but that's not the only difference this year

Posted at 7:37 AM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 10:37:00-05

Since its existence, thousands of women have taken steps around the country, picket signs in hand to advocate for women’s rights during the annual Women's March.

The inaugural Women's March took place the day after Donald Trump became president of the United States four years ago. In 2021 a new president is in The White House, but the march continues this weekend, virtually.

"We really need to find some reconciliation with our country,” Julie Sepulveda-Gibson, founding member of the Women’s March Kern County said. “With the panel of women we've put together, I think perhaps we’ll find that empathy and courage we need as we move forward and find our right position."

While they cannot march together in person, Women's March guest speaker Raji Brar said their message will not get lost in translation.

"It takes a lot of courage to have empathy for others. And I think this is a great space to have that dialogue. How do we now come up with solutions?” Brar said. “Everyone's already done a good job explaining what is right and wrong. we've been back and forth for so long. But now it's time for solutions."

Not only will there be a panel of speakers and musical performances but a time for discussion.

Fellow organizer and local performer, Crimson Skye said she is especially excited because America now has a diverse, female vice president.

"I'm so relieved to have Kamala [Harris] in office, speaking peace. You know?” Skye said. Every time she speaks, it makes sense and it makes my eyes water because I've been missing it for so long."

The event will be held on zoom, Saturday Jan. 23rd at 12 p.m. Women’s March Kern County emphasizes it’s open to anyone of any background or gender. They are hoping to eventually do an in-person, COVID-safe march for the International Day of the Women in March.