If there’s anything positive to glean from our recent election, it’s that there might be born a women’s movement that’s more inclusive, more intersectional, more powerful, and louder than ever before. On January 21, 2017—the day after the presidential inauguration—more than 200,o00 people are expected to join the Women’s March on Washington to send a message to the new administration on their first day in office that women’s rights are human rights.
In a moment when our country will swear into office a demagogue who has preyed on fear and bigotry to rise to a position of power, I think we can still muster hope. While we must imagine that the new administration will act as promised and put into further peril the lives of the many people the president-elect has already endangered—immigrants, Muslims, communities of color, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault, people who identify as LGBTQI, women generally, (this list goes on)—we must also tap into our resolve and use our collective power to inspire change. I love the idea of getting literally mobile to make that happen.
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to meet many of the march organizers and I was inspired by their expertise, tenacity, resolve, and commitment. In the words of the organizers, here’s the mission of the march:
“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families— recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
I’m fairly certain that I’ll either be nursing a brand new babe or expecting its imminent arrival, and won’t be able to attend the march myself, but I couldn’t be happier to help spread the word to folks who might be able to march in my place. Toward that end, here are a few ways to get involved if you haven’t already:
+ The march organizers need to raise $2 million for logistics and expenses related to the march. So far they’ve raised 10% of that goal. I’m hopeful that by the end of the day we can help get that number way up. If readers of this blog alone each donated just $5, we could easily tip the scale far past the 1/3 funded mark. Kind of amazing, hunh?
+ If you plan to attend, you can register your plan right here. Registration isn’t required but it will help organizers to predict participation and plan accordingly.
+ If you’re unable to make it to Washington, there are many Sister Marches being planned around the country (and world!).
+ If you’re looking for a way to get to D.C. or if you’re organizing transportation there, head here.
+ If you know a passionate activist in the under-18 set, encourage them to apply to be a WMW Youth Ambassador.
+ The Women’s March Instagram feed posts daily introductions to inspiring activists (in addition to march updates).
+ They’re on Twitter, too!
Spread the word:
+ 100% of proceeds from these tees support the march (made and printed in the USA).
+ Grab a pen and paper and let folks know #WhyIMarch.
+ If you’re feeling inspired to make art, share it with #WMWArt
+ The Women’s March officially secured its permits last week to convene at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW in front of the US Capitol Building. Flooding the streets of Washington with strength and power and positive energy sounds just right to me. I’d love to know if you’re planning to attend!
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