Join me – and tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of my newfound friends – in Washington, D.C., on Saturday January 21, 2017, to exercise our constitutional right to speak out and speak up for equality.
The intent of the all-inclusive Women’s March on Washington is to send a bold message to the new administration on their first day in office – and around the world – that women’s rights are human rights regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability.
In early November, I saw a Facebook post from my friend and Norfolk City Councilwoman Andria McClellan about her Amtrak roundtrip from Norfolk to D.C. and back on the same day. I immediately bought a ticket for myself.
Here are ways to arrange your own travel and get engaged:
· Learn more and get updates here.
The groundswell of engaged American citizens – and some concerned Canadian neighbors – quickly outgrew its viral grassroots beginnings on Facebook. I reached out to national organizers who are still hard at work to finalize plans, including exact times (~10:00AM to 5:00PM) and rally point for all attendees. They told me to spread the word:
“We do have a permit application and have met with the permitting agencies. While our early plans announced that we would be rallying at the Lincoln Memorial, those plans changed, and our updated rally site is another location in the city. [Update: the rallying point is at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, in front of the Capitol.] We are continuing to work with the National Park Service, Metropolitan Police Department, Homeland Security, Capitol Police, and other agencies to ensure a safe march with all logistics in place to accommodate the number of people we anticipate arriving.”
The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown and all people of color, people with disabilities, and survivors of sexual assault. Voting is simply no longer enough.
I’ve heard many say that women – especially white women – have it “not so bad” in America today. Yes, women have had the right to vote since the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. Remember: that’s less than 100 years ago, over 140 years after the birth of our nation, and 50 years after black men won the vote with the 15th Amendment. Both were hard-fought rights.
“Not so bad” simply isn’t good enough in 2017.
Why march? For fellow women – and men – who are all worthy and deserving of love and fair treatment. For those who’ve been marginalized. For women to have the right to make their own healthcare decisions. For every woman and girl who’s been abused or violated mentally or physically. For everyone who’s had to confront sexism, racism, xenophobia. For equal pay for equal work, marriage equality, reproductive rights, voting rights. For blended, multi-racial families. For an America that is greater, smarter, more tolerant, to embrace and adapt to the changing world.
Why march? To denounce hate and violence against all people, especially women. To be part of something bigger than myself, a community of inclusivity, love, peace and hope. To ensure America is a country for all people no matter their race, creed, religion, gender, sexual preference. To confront the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
Above all, I march for truth. Not post-truth or half-truth or the “fake news” version of truth. THE truth. I refuse to normalize the hate and lies swirling around America and across the globe. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.
This is the civil rights movement of our time. The revolution will be televised … and if the POTUS-elect has anything to say, it will be tweeted.
If we unite, reaching across what divides us to find our common purpose – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then the power of the people is truly greater than the people in power.
Remember the Golden Rule? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The time is ripe to go one better and practice the Platinum Rule: Treat others the way they want to be treated.
The Women’s March on Washington is happening, and we all look forward to meeting you there! Come one, come all – men and families are welcomed, too!
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