Speakers

For those who couldn’t get near the stage, or who would simply like to experience the excitement one more time, here is the official video of the rally stage at the 2017 Women’s March on Chicago!

Below find the Run of Show as of Friday evening Jan 20.  Adjustments were made as events unfolded. Speaker names are also listed alphabetically below the Run of Show list.  Links to all Supporting Organizations can be found on the Our Supporters Page.

We are very excited to announce an incredible slate of speakers and performers, representing issues brought to light during the campaign and diverse issues of concern to Chicago women and beyond.

9:15 a.m. – Performances Begin

  • Lucy Smith: Performance
  • The Full Court Press Jam Band: Performance
  • Lights of Zion: Performance
  • So Chi Voices: Performance

9:55 a.m. – Official Program Begins 

  • Fawzia Mirza: Actor/Producer, Emcee
  • Michele Smith (43rd Ward): Alderwoman, City of Chicago
  • Susan Garza (10th Ward): Alderwoman, City of Chicago
  • Pat Dowell (3rd Ward): Alderwoman, City of Chicago
  • Liz Radford: Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Chicago
  • Ann Scholhamer: Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Chicago
  • Jessica Scheller: Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Chicago
  • Ari Afsar: From the cast of Hamilton
  • Karen Olivo: From the cast of Hamilton
  • Samantha Marie Ware: From the cast of Hamilton
  • Music: Hamilton cast members
  • Aislinn Pulley: Lead Organizer, Black Lives Matter Chicago
  • Fawzia Mirza with special guest, Ava Santos-Volpe: Youth Ambassador to DC Women’s March
  • Katie Thiede: Vice President of Development, Planned Parenthood of Illinois
  • Reyna Wences: Organized Communities Against Deportations
  • Eman Hassaballa Aly: Muslim community Activist, TRUST Collective
  • Rabbi Shoshanah Conover: Temple Sholom of Chicago
  • Faith Arnold: SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Fight for $15
  • Tamar Manasseh: Mothers Against Senseless Killings
  • Mary Meg McCarthy: Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Mary (last name withheld): Asylee from Mongolia, now living in Chicago
  • Diane Latiker: Lead, Kids Off The Block
  • Lucy Smith: Performer
  • Tara Stamps: Chicago Teachers Union member, Elementary School Teacher, Community Activist
  • Kimberly Wasserman: Executive Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
  • Maria Socorro Pesqueria: President, Mujeres Latinas en Accion
  • Jean Albright: Master Sergeant (retired) U.S. Air Force
  • Channyn Lynne Parker: Transgender activist, TransLife Project Manager
  • Rahnee Patrick: Independent Living at Access Living
  • Speaker
  • Khadine Bennett: American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
  • Ann Christophersen: Women & Children First bookstore
  • Lynn Mooney:Women & Children First bookstore
  • Elected Official Roll Call
  • So Chi Voices: Performance
  • Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton: Hadiya Pendleton Foundation
  • Tiffany Pryor: Executive Director, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
  • Sara Paretsky: Author, Sisters in Crime Creator
  • Marilyn Katz: Co-Founder of Chicago Women Take Action, with special guest Sylvia Fisher (2nd Wave Feminist Pioneer)
  • Jaquie Algee: Director of External Relations, SEIU Healthcare of Illinois
  • Eloise Diaz Bahrmasel: RISE Movement
  • Youth For Black Lives: Eva Lewis, Maxine Aguilar, Maxine Wint, and Yahair Tarr
  • Shani Smith: Lead Marshall of Women’s March on Chicago, Safety Instruction, SEIU Healthcare Illinois
  • Opal Staples: Performance
  • Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Esq.: National Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
  • Tahera Ahmad:  Associate Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Engagement, Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University

Rally Ends / March Begins

  • Lights of Zion– Performance
  • So Chi Voices– Performance

 

Alphabetical Listing of Rally Speakers & Performances (org links can be found on the Our Supporters Page)

Tahera Ahmad:  Associate Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Engagement, Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University

Ari Afsar, Karen Olivo, & Samantha Marie Ware: From the cast of Hamilton, Performance

Jaquie Algee: Director of External Relations, SEIU Healthcare of Illinois & Marilyn Katz: Co-Founder of Chicago Women Take Action

Jean AlbrightMaster Sergeant (retired) U.S. Air Force

Eman Hassaballa AlyMuslim community Activist, TRUST Collective

Faith Arnold: SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Fight for $15

Khadine Bennett: American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

Eloise Diaz BahrmaselRISE Movement

Ann Christophersen & Lynn Mooney: Women & Children First

Cleopatra Cowley-PendletonHadiya Pendleton Foundation

Rabbi Shoshanah ConoverTemple Sholom of Chicago

Pat Dowell (3rd), Susan Garza (10th), & Michele Smith (43rd): Alderwomen, City of Chicago

The Full Court Press Second Line Drummers: Performance

Kids Off The Block & Diane Latiker: Speaking and Performing

Eva Lewis, Maxine Aguilar, Maxine Wint, and Yahair Tarr: Youth For Black Lives

Lights of Zion: Performance

Mary Meg McCarthy: Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center

Mary (last name withheld): Asylee from Mongolia now living in Chicago

Tamar Manasseh: Mothers Against Senseless Killings

Fawzia Mirza: Actor/Producer, Emcee

Sara Paretsky: Author, Sisters in Crime Creator

Channyn Lynne ParkerTransgender activist, TransLife Project Manager

Rahnee Patrick: Independent Living at Access Living

Maria Socorro PesqueriaPresident, Mujeres Latinas en Accion

Tiffany PryorExecutive Director, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health

Aislinn Pulley: lead organizer, Black Lives Matter Chicago

Liz Radford & Ann ScholhamerCo-Chairs of the Women’s March on Chicago

Lucy Smith: Performance

Shani Smith: Lead Marshall of Women’s March on Chicago, Safety Instruction, SEIU Healthcare Illinois

So Chi Voices: Performance

Tara Stamps: Chicago Teachers Union member, Elementary School Teacher, Community Activist

Opal Staples: Performance

Katie Thiede: Vice President of Development, Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Kimberly Wasserman: Executive Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Reyna Wences: Organized Communities Against Deportations

Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Esq.: National RainbowPUSH Coalition