A Southern Illinois activist organization - Women United Network - is celebrating the third anniversary of the Women's March this Saturday.
To start the day, there will be a community engagement fair beginning at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Carbondale Civic Center.
"We hope community members will come out and meet organizations that they may be interested in joining," organizer Liz Hunter says. "So they can kick off 2019 with an organization with some hope and plans for volunteering throughout the year."
According to Hunter, some of the organizations that will be attending the community engagment fair are the Sierra Club, NAACP, and IEA.
In addition to the fair, Hunter says local youth who have made great accomplishments in fighting for equity and activism will be honored with the Rising Star: Youth Civic Award.
After the march there will be a concert at Hangar 9 where bands, Honey and Tar and Loose Gravel will be performing. The concert begins at 3 p.m. until 6.
Hunter says she hopes the community engagement fair and the concert after the march will help community members and activists connect.
"We want to not just march and go home," Hunter says. "We want to have a chance to meet each other, get to know each other, and hopefully build relationships that continue activism throughout the year."
Hunter says going into the new year, Women United Network wants to host educational sessions throughout the year. She says the teaching sessions will cover political topics including how a bill becomes a law in the Illinois statehouse.