/ Modified jan 23, 2017 12:35 p.m.

What Will Marchers Accomplish This Weekend in Tucson?

Plus, why Mexico's ex-president was in Tucson, and what's next in the town of Sahuarita.

Thousands of women will gather in Washington, D.C., Saturday to march in the city to show they value diversity and equal rights. Tucsonans will join in a local sister march downtown.

That's one of a number of events this weekend scheduled to mark the inauguration of President Donald Trump, including a celebration hosted by the Pima County Republican Party Friday night.

But what do such gatherings accomplish, or how do they affect those who participate? We ask that question in this week's episode of Metro Week.

In this episode

  • Hear from two women who helped organize the Tucson Women's March on Sat. Jan. 21. Marea Jenness and Jennifer Floyd say the march is not meant to oppose Trump, but enforce policies of respect and equality.

  • UA Communication Department Director Chris Segrin studies interpersonal relationships and explains the pros and cons of participating in a large group gathering, such as the Women's March on Washington or the Tucson Women's March. He says such events can be positive or negative for participants, depending on how they approach the activity and how they interact with others when there.

  • Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox was recently in Tucson to announce a partnership between business incubators Startup Tucson and Startup Mexico.

  • Tom Murphy is the new mayor of Sahuarita, but he's not a new face in town, having served on the school board for decades and the town council for four years. He discusses his goals.

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