Why did the Women March on Washington?
There is a protest set for January 21st 2017 in Washington DC, the day after the Presidential inauguration of Donald J Trump. I plan on attending both. Some people have told me they’ll be at the march. I have asked what they hope to gain or what has inspired them.
Why attend the Women’s march?
In the words of the organizers :
OFFICIAL STATEMENT, National Organizers
On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. 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.
The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
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.
PLEASE SHARE, we need to spread the word everywhere! And there are groups forming for EVERY STATE, so search for your local group as well!
We especially need HOSTS and ORGANIZERS from marginalized communities for this to be truly inclusive, please DM your state administrator to get involved!
There you have it.
So why are they marching?
Just to march.
I am currently in the D.C. Metro area and before my the return in a little under a month, I’ll revisit this topic. Though I won’t spend much thought making sense out of something that from the above appears to have been created with little sensible thought.
I could be wrong. Maybe I don’t get it due to a personal failing. Could be a lack of intellect, experience to some limiting position of privilege, unearned or not. This isn’t my cause but am willing to listen to anyone that has embraced it.
I shall ask prospective attendees about their intentions and share what answers they may give. Shall also formulate questions to ask during the march. I encourage and welcome any questions in the comment section or observations on whether you made sense of their mission statement above.