FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Women’s March Minnesota Announces Speakers for the 2019 Women's March on January 19, 2019 at the Minnesota State Capitol

Minneapolis, MN January 17, 2019: Women’s March Minnesota, a local nonprofit dedicated to harnessing the power of women and their communities to create transformative social change, is excited to announce the speakers for the 2019 Women’s March.

The pre-march rally, which begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Western Sculpture Park , welcome from a Women's March Minnesota Board Member, will be emcee’d by Miss Shannan , a comedian, radio and television host, keynote speaker and social instigator. Hear her on MyTalk 107.1, and her podcast called "Be Our Geek." Sparking the crowd to action will be college student and activist, Brianne Benson , and Jr. High student and activist, Lillian .

At 10:30 a.m., tens of thousands of Minnesotans begin to march , moving south on Marion/Kellogg. We end at the Capitol grounds where the post-march rally begins at noon . Emcee’s for that event are Erin Maye Quade , a former Minnesota State Representative and the current Advocacy Director at Gender Justice, and Alyse Maye Quade , a community organizer and political operative who currently works as an Organizing Director.

The power-packed line-up, representing the diverse mosaic of Minnesota’s communities, continues:

  • Janessa Marquette, WMM Board of Directors

  • Alicia Donahue, WMM Board of Directors

  • Hailey Dickinson, High School Student

  • CeCe McDonald, a trans woman of color, LGBTQIA activist and hat crime survivor

  • Rene Ann Goodrich, Bad River WI Tribal Elder, Grandmother, Educator, Teacher, Advocate/Community Organizer for Trafficking, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

  • Allie Thomas, College Student 

  • Kara Lynum, Immigration Attorney working at the border and host of the Immigration Nation podcast

  • Kelis Houston, Founder of Village Arms and Child Protection Committee Chair of NAACP-Mpls 

  • Anika Bowie, Vice President of NAACP-Mpls, Commissioner on the St. Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission and current lead organizer of Minnesota Restore the Vote Coalition

  • Montha Chum, Co-Director and co-founder of Release MN 8, the daughter of Cambodian refugees and came to the US at the age of 4

  • Jovita Morales, Minnesota Immigrant Movement and indigenous woman from the Ixtlahuaca state of Mexico

  • Monique Cullars-Doty, Community Activist and Aunt of Marcus Golden, killed by Saint Paul Police Officers

  • Sara Schonwald, NCJW-MN (National Council of Jewish Women), is the founder of Commit Kindness (www.commitkindness.com) and helped launch Muslim & Jewish Women of Minnesota

  • Asma Mohammed, Advocacy Director at Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment, board member for Break the Silence MN, and fellow at the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute

  • Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, US House of Representatives, CD-5

  • Muna Galbayte, High School Senior and political activist

  • Natasha Phelps, WMM Board of Directors

  • Chuantyll Allen, Community Activist, closing the program with the Assata Chant

We will be marching in St. Paul in solidarity with over 175 Women’s March sister marches across the country. Our Facebook page - WomensMarchMN - will be hosting a live feed of the march with sister marches in MN and ND joining us there. More information on the 2019 Women’s March in St. Paul can be found at www.womensmarchmn.com/womens-march-2019 .

PRESS CONTACTS: Press pass for the march - admin@womensmarchmn.com

Inquiries for interviews: admin@womensmarchmn.com

Day of the march media contact: Jackie Craig

Jackie Craig