FARGO — Organizers of an Inauguration Day march to be held in Fargo-Moorhead are calling for “justice on all levels.”
The Solidarity March, planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, will start at Island Park, go through downtown Fargo and into Moorhead to raise awareness on issues such as the detention of immigrant children and Enbridge Line 3, a 1,097-mile oil pipeline extending from Alberta to Wisconsin, according to the event’s Facebook page.
The Red River People Over Profits Initiative, a group that's calling for “people to stand together and demand justice on all levels, for all people, against the violence of capitalistic greed,” is listed as the event’s host, according to their Facebook page.
“2020 was a tough year for many of us. However, nothing is finished. We have Biden taking office on the 20th, but we still have the threat of right-wing violence and extremism,” march organizers wrote on their Facebook page. “We still face all the social and financial burdens and ramifications of the pandemic. We have people worried about making their basic ends meet.”
Vanessa Clark, a march organizer from Fargo, said that with president-elect Joe Biden taking office the march is a reminder that social justice work isn’t finished.
“It’s a rally for solidarity and a reminder to people that sends a message that we need to stand up for people,” Clark said. “And with Inauguration Day, it’s just a reminder even to Democrats that just because Biden is taking office it doesn’t mean that the work is done."
“It’s a call to all people on all the issues for the things we need to fight for,” Clark said.
As of Tuesday, Jan. 19, nearly 100 people were interested in or planned on attending Wednesday's march.
Fargo police spokeswoman Jessica Schindeldecker said the department "does not anticipate any issues" with the march.
"The Fargo Police Department supports the community's right to peacefully assemble and is aware of a peaceful march planned for tomorrow, January 20, 2021," Schindeldecker said.
An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect time for the march. The march will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20.