Women's March on Washington

Local residents can take part in Saturday's Women's March on Washington at a "sister march" at Penn Square.

Stand Up For Women will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include live music and an opportunity for anyone to speak.

The national Women's March website lists the Lancaster event as a “sister march,” or a simultaneous event in solidarity of the main event.

Stand Up For Women organizer Louise Imm-Cooper said women, men and children are invited to “stand in solidarity for our sisters and brothers who are standing up for the rights of all women everywhere.”

The local event was approved by the Lancaster city office of promotion, according to special events manager Kayla Forgrave.

“My days of rallying are over,” said Imm-Cooper, 75. “Our idea was to provide something for women who for some reason or another couldn't make it to Washington.”

Imm-Cooper decided last week to host the event on behalf of the Lancaster chapter of Women in Black.

According to its website, Women in Black is a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence.

On Friday, a Lancaster artist is hosting an event where anyone can create posters, yard signs or artwork to bring to the marches at Penn Square or the national's capitol.

"Creative Dissent" will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10:20 p.m. at SWEAT Lancaster, 24 W. Walnut St.

Salina Almanzar, 25, said she is hosting the event on behalf of Fruition Collective, a group focused on programs owned and run by minorities in Lancaster.

A $5 donation is suggested to help pay for the cost of supplies.

The Women's March on Washington is expected to be the largest inauguration-related demonstration in United States history, according to a New York Times report.

Leah Margerum, 41, helped sell more than 600 tickets for seats on buses taking people from Lancaster to the march in Washington.

She said tickets for the 612 seats on 12 buses sold out Tuesday.

Lancaster YWCA director of human resources Lori Michener said her organization is taking a group of more than 50 people to Washington for the march.