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Tom Steyer to speak at Chicago’s Women’s March this Saturday

Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer speaks in Washington last week, where he announced he will spend $30 million to get young voters to the polls in this year's midterm elections. Steyer will be among the featured speakers at Saturday's Women's March in Chicago. | Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Tom Steyer, the billionaire Democratic activist who is bankrolling an impeach President Donald Trump drive, will be one of the featured speakers at the Women’s March on Saturday in Chicago, one of a series of marches across the nation coming as Trump marks his first year as president.

Steyer, mentioned as a possible 2020 presidential contender, took himself out of the running for a California bid in 2018 for governor or senator. Instead, he is focusing on spending millions of his own dollars towards building voter turnout in 2018 and his “Need to Impeach” campaign.

The event, called the “March to the Polls” by the organizers, will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Columbus Parkway and Congress Drive near Grant Park, the same place as last year.

“Our speakers reflect the focus of this year’s march – turning energy into votes,” said Liz Radford, a Women’s March Chicago organizer said in a statement. “These are women and allies working within and challenging the political system to be inclusive, supportive of all women and people of color, and to more directly reflect the demands of the people. There is a lot of work to do and our speakers are on the frontlines.”

The speakers include…

Tahera Ahmad
Associate Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Engagement, Northwestern University
Bridget Gainer
Cook County Commissioner
Lisa Madigan
Illinois Attorney General
Quiana McKenzie
Regional Campaign Finance Advisor, Emily’s List
Channyn Lynne Parker
Project Manager, Chicago House’s TransLife Project
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
U.S. House of Representatives
Chakena Sims
Board of Directors, Chicago Votes
Tom Steyer
Founder and President, NextGen America
K. Sujata
President and CEO, Chicago Foundation of Women
Celina Villanueva
New Americans Democracy Project, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Suzette Wright
former Chicago Ford Assembly Plant employee