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Second annual Baltimore Women’s March to be held next week

Crowds are again expected to march in Baltimore and at events across the country next week for the second Women’s March for social and political change.

The Baltimore Women’s March-March Forward! event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the War Memorial Plaza downtown. After a rally, participants will walk to McKeldin Square at the Inner Harbor.

Last year’s event drew an estimated 5,000 people at North Charles and 33rd streets. The local march joined other marches, including the Women’s March on Washington, which drew about 500,000 women and men. Events were held in more than 600 cities across the United States and around the world in support of women’s rights. Many also protested the goals of the then newly elected President Donald J. Trump.

Baltimore organizer Sarah Mogol said this year’s event is expected to draw a similar crowd and will emphasize future steps toward progress.

“It’s looking great. Everyone is getting very excited,” she said. “This march in particular is about action and and the role everyone can play and moving all of us forward. Every bit matters.”

Mayor Catherine Pugh, city health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, Sen. Ben Cardin, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and other local leaders are expected to speak, Mogol said.

Wen said she plans to talk about health care, “about the gains that have been made because of the Affordable Care Act.”

“For me, this isn’t about politics but people’s lives,” she said. “It’s about how we all need to stand up for access to health and access to life.”

Wen, who gave birth to a son, Eli, last year, said she was often reminded of the importance of access to health care. Last year, Republicans in Congress attempted to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which provided health insurance to millions of previously uninsured Americans. Many…

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