3 Bronx women among those to 'answer the call,' organize 4th annual Women's March in NYC

Posted: Updated:

We're a week away from the Women's March in New York City, but it almost didn't happen.

"This crazy Bronx girl said yes, and answered the call," said Women's March Alliance co-chair Sulma Arzu-Brown.

That call came only six weeks ago to organize the 2020 Rise and Roar Women's March in Columbus Circle. It's in partnership with the New York City chapter of the National Women's March in Foley Square.

Arzu-Brown, Michelle Sampson and Monique McCollough came together with others from Harlem and Brooklyn to put the event together. Thousands will be able to raise their voices on Jan. 18 for the fourth annual Women's March.

Their mission is to bring people together to advocate for women's issues like pay equity, #MeToo, immigration and gun reform, reproductive rights, social justice issues and more.

"I see the city has to be a place for my daughter to grow up and feel safe here. With things like this, I can empower her, she can march with me and rally, and it makes so much of a difference for other women and their children as well," said Sampson.

A group of speakers are lined up to represent a different issue, including the youngest speaker in the four years of the Women's March, 14-year-old Marley Dias. Dias is the creator of 1,000 Black Girl Books.

With everything going on in the world, they say it's a way to kick off the new decade on a unified front.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."