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Women’s March on Washington: Ready, Set but Where to Go?

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More than 135,00 women from across the country have signed up to march down the streets of Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Womens March on Washington

Three of the four co-chairs of the march listen with Congressman John Lewis (D-GA).

Three women, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour, have organized the march, which is designed to demonstrate that women do matter. “Donald Trump’s administration is a nightmare being manifested into an administration,” Sarsour told the Huffington Post. “It’s important we women show we are not afraid.”

While potentially significant, the organizers still don’t have a permit for the Lincoln Memorial, which will not be available on that day. The organizers and the National Park Service have both stated that they are working on a permit application for an alternate location. The new venue will be announced once confirmed.




Other than the notable logistics issues, such as where the march will ultimately take place, other concerns have emerged about racial inclusion and leadership qualifications, which some may describe as “petty.” The one thing women don’t want, as they move forward in organizing the event, is to be seen as stereotypically catty and unproductively critical. If the event is hunkered down due to interpersonal issues, this could undo the event’s core message: “Our voices matter.” We surely don’t want the inverse appearance: “Our voices simply chatter.”

From the organizers, who include at least one man, Bob Bland, to those who support the march, they represent varied political ideologies and cultural backgrounds. Still, the one thing they have in common is a desire not to be marginalized and have their universal issues, like affordable child care and medical screenings, ignored.

Women's March on Washington

The group’s Facebook page reads: “The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us. In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore.

“The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

“We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

“This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights are welcome.”

Get tickets for the free event on Eventbrite.

 

Annette Johnson, editor

 

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