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Organizers of the Black Mountain Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 20 are inviting all local residents to participate.

Marchers and supporters will gather at Town Square at Montreat Road and State Street at 9:30 a.m. The route will proceed west on the south side of State Street for two blocks to Dougherty Street (at the Thai Basil restaurant corner), then return on the north side of State Street back to Town Square.

Crossing guards and police officers will supervise the activity at cross streets. Organizers expect more than 100 people to take part in the march, including men, women, and children of all ages.

The march is organized in conjunction with the national Women's March taking place this year in Las Vegas, and the Women's March in Asheville.

The theme of the 2018 marches - "Together We Rise" - is in support of voter registration for all, women's and children's health care and safety, and equality for women in the workplace and society, according to Sarah Vekasi, organizer of the Black Mountain march.

"Our most important goal is to get people out to vote, so all voices can be heard," she said. "If one is harmed, everyone is harmed. We need to protect and respect individual rights for everyone."

For more, contact indivisibleblkmtn@gmail.com or sarahsunshine7@gmail.com. Donations are welcome to help defray costs of the event.

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