Portland Women's March Takes New Approach In 2018

By Ericka Cruz Guevarra (OPB)
Portland, Ore. Jan. 19, 2018 6:15 p.m.

Sunday marks the first anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. Similar events are scheduled this weekend across the country, but the one in Portland seeks to take a different approach.

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On Facebook, organizers said the Portland's Women's March this year would be presented as an Indigenous Womxn's March.

"There is a group of Indigenous Womxn who are leading the Women's March," said Candi Brings Plenty, one of the event's organizers, in a statement. "Portland's Women's March was never cancelled. It has created a platform for the underrepresented women who were silenced by the dominating, privileged white feminism that doesn't hold each other accountable to be inclusive and in solidarity with all womxn."

The change in approach to the march comes as the Oregon Department of Justice continues its investigation into last year’s Women's March in Portland.


Multiple news reports following the Portland march revealed disagreements among organizers, confusion over money and criticism over a culture of hostility toward women of color.

This year's organizers say they want to fix the problems of last year's fallout by centering the voices of women of color.

"We are still the Portland Women's March," said Aimee Driskill, one of this year's organizers. "The vision for 2018 is not to center white voices."

The DOJ has said its inquiry into last year's march began as a civil investigation and has since shifted into a criminal one.

"The 'fissures' were around white supremacy. Womxn of color are taking the lead and we are going to center the march where it needs to be, and if that means white womxn believe this is not for them then that highlights the problem," the organizers stated.

Planned events in Portland this weekend also include a National March for Impeachment and a #MeToo March.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to more accurately reflect events that will be taking place on the one-year anniversary of the Women's March.