Community is focus of Sunday’s local bridge march

Provided photo More than 500 participants march across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge at the 2017 Women’s March.

HOUGHTON — This weekend people across the world once again gather for the Women’s March.

Keweenaw residents will hold a sister march across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Sunday at 1 p.m. Marchers will meet on the Houghton side of the bridge.

A sign-making workshop will be held on Saturday at the Portage Lake District Library from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attendees should bring their own supplies.

“Last year we had 500 people, which was a big surprise. On the day of the march, 200 were registered in advanced,” said organizer Susan Burack. “That was impressive, because all the various marches that we’ve had have never even reached 100.”

No pre-registry is required, Burack explained. Participants only need to show up.

“We filled the bridge last year. It was awesome,” she said.

While the focus of the national march is “Power to the Poll,” encouraging people to get out and vote in the November election, the Houghton march is more localized.

“That’s certainly important, but what makes a difference for us is here, so we are hoping that people will connect with local organizations that relate to what they’re interested in,” Burack said. “What maters is what we do locally.”

Women’s issues, taxes, Lake Superior health and immigration are among those of concern and protest along with many more.

The march has been reaching out to local organizations for participation. So far they include the League of Women Voters and local Democratic parties.

Last year marchers walked for a wide range of issues, a policy that continues this year.

Burack does not know if the march will be an annual occurrence at this point.

“There are certainly lots of things to march about,” she said.

“There are a lot of (national) issues, but the place we can make the most difference is in our own community,” Burack said.