Why Las Vegas?
There are a few reasons the organizers chose Nevada. Part of it has to do with the fact that Nevada is an important swing state -- one that went to Hillary Clinton in 2016. That same year, Nevada also elected its first female Senator, Catherine Cortez Masto.
But Nevada is also a state that has recently had experience with some of the most pressing issues facing women in America today, from gun violence to politicians accused of sexual assault. Last year, sitting Nevada Congressman Ruben Kihuen was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior and has since said he will not seek reelection after his two-year term ends.
There was also the shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, and the response from the local community showed that Vegas is not just the sum of its pool parties; that there is, in fact, a true community here.
Nevada is a swing state that will help shape the Senate in 2018 -- Republican Senator Dean Heller is up for re-election -- and will also be selecting a new governor this year, as current Governor Brian Sandoval (R) is not eligible to run for reelection due to term limits. The stakes are high in Nevada this year, and that's why Women's March national organizers made Las Vegas, a city with a strong activist network, the hub of their national campaign activities.
When and where is the Vegas event happening?
The Women's March One-Year Anniversary Power to the Polls launch event will be held on Las Vegas's east side at Sam Boyd Stadium, 7000 E. Russell Road, near Boulder Highway on Sunday, January 21, from 10am-4pm.
How do I attend the rally?
Attendance is free, but the organizers strongly advise that attendees RSVP beforehand. You can do that here.
Who are speakers and performers at the Power to Polls rally?
The Women's March Power to the Polls event is scheduled to feature a performance from R&B singer Faith Evans and speakers such as Academy Award-winning actress Marissa Tomei; author, television host, and political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry; Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto; President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards; co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza; Executive Director of MoveOn.org, Ashlee Marie Preston; and a host of other political leaders and civil rights activists. Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus (D) is the Keynote Speaker.
How do I get there?
You can drive yourself: there's plenty of parking available, but it does cost $10. Otherwise you can take a rideshare service like Lyft or Uber, or call a taxi or shuttle service. There is also public transportation available with bus lines to Sam Boyd Stadium.
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)
Bus lines to Sam Boyd Stadium: 601 or 602 Express
Western Cab: 702-736-8000
Yellow Checker: 702-873-2000
Shuttle and Limousine Services:
Omni Limo: 702-462-6600
Bell Trans Limo: 702-739-7990