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Organizers Hope Women’s March On Washington Inspires, Evolves

The day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, Jan. 20, 2017, a march is slated to take place on the National Mall.

It’s being called the Women’s March on Washington. (It was being referred to, somewhat controversially, as the “Million Women March” before it was re-branded.) At this point, thousands of women and allies plan to rally here for the Women’s March on Washington. The march aims to “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,” according to the event’s official website.

“We want to ensure that this country knows women are not happy,” co-founder Tamika Mallory said. “And when we get angry, change happens. We make things happen.”

Catalyzed by a polarizing presidential race, the march aims to be a message to the new administration that there’s a coalition planning to press the issue of women’s rights in potentially high-profile ways over the next four years.

“This effort is not anti-Trump,” Mallory said. “This is pro-women. This is a continuation of a struggle women have been dealing with for a very long time. In this moment, we are connecting and being as loud as possible.”

Trump created firestorms when it came to women’s issues during the campaign. Upset with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly bringing up in a debate his past crude remarks about women (calling some “pigs,” for example), he responded that she had “blood coming out of her — wherever.” Trump was also caught on tape bragging about grabbing women by the genitals. “[W]hen you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said in the leaked 2005 video. Trump has a long history of making sexist or offensive remarks, and his candidacy happened to take place while running against a candidate who would have been the first female president.

What started as a cross-country collaboration among seven women in the aftermath of Election Day gained traction online and is now a network of 50-plus events in multiple countries.

Historical significance is embedded in the event’s name: To march in Washington evokes the legacies of powerful public demonstrations in American history, such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Moratorium March to End the War in Vietnam, the Million Man March to highlight the collective power of the African-American community, and the 2004 March for Women’s Lives as a demonstration for reproductive and women’s rights.

Organizers are hoping to create a social movement, but Marcia Chatelain, a faculty fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice, said doing that depends on whether the Women’s March’s momentum can be sustained long after the march itself.

“One of the goals of any type of march or any type of visible sign of solidarity is to get inspired, to inspire people to do more,” Chatelain said. “And the question is, at the march, what kind of organizational structures or movements will also be present to help people know how to channel their energy for the next day and for the long haul?”

Organizers and activists can use the march to proffer alternative ways to create change in their communities and contribute to a greater movement from a local, everyday standpoint.

“Movements are not just the dramatic moments,” Chatelain said. “It’s about the everyday acts of resistance that the marches are also trying to represent. Everyone has the capacity in their communities to resist.”

A single event, while important to rally on a grass-roots level, is often politically ineffective in its immediate aftermath — it can take years to figure out how a demonstration like the Women’s March will inform public policy, if at all.

Georgetown history professor Michael Kazin noted that when it comes to effectively altering legislation, public demonstrations alone have a “checkered history of success.” To affect policy, Kazin said, a march needs to be part of a greater social movement with clear and consistent objectives, constant pressure on the Legislature, dedicated support from its base and continued momentum. Perhaps most importantly, creating systemic change has historically called for one last critical element: help from people in government.

“All successful movements in American history have both inside and outside strategy,” Kazin said. “If you’re just protesting, and it just stops there, you’re not going to get anything done.”

Source: NPR

Women’s March on Washington: Everything You Need to Know

After receiving a denial for the initial bid for a permit, the Women’s March on Washington was approved in its bid for its projected 200,000 participants to meet in downtown Washington the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s projected inauguration. Listed below are all of the details surrounding the event.

Who is organizing it and who is participating?

As per their website, the Women’s March on Washington has been coordinated by a litany of women with an amalgam of credentials, including extensive experience within nonprofit work, civil rights advocacy, and prominent social justice campaigns. The participants in the March are projected to number around 200,000 and are expected to arrive from a variety of locations around the country. The head of logistics for this event told The Washington Post last week that those traveling from out of town should be confident that they would be accommodated and that the event would transpire as planned.

What is the March?

The Women’s March on Washington was formulated as a peaceful protest to the professed intent of the Trump administration to restrict and outright revoke existing social and civil liberties. The March’s website lists its principles, placing heavy emphasis on nonviolence, a community-oriented agenda and the idea of sacrifice as a means to achieve a triumphant end.

When is the March taking place?

The Women’s March on Washington will take place on January 21, starting at 10:00 a.m.

The Women’s March on Washington is a response to perceived xenophobic, racist, misogynistic, homophobic and transphobic rhetoric expressed by the Trump campaign. The March’s site says this of its mission:

““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.”

How do I become involved in the Women’s March on Washington?

Joining the March can be as simple as showing up, but in an attempt to remain organized, coordinators have requested that, as a courtesy, intended participants register on their event site. Though the event is free, it is possible for prospective participants (or non-participants who simply support the cause) to donate on the March’s website. At the time of publication, $ 185,596 had been raised, just shy of 10 percent of the March’s goal.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The event’s registration site contains a FAQ section that addresses a variety of supplemental concerns. The most prominent of these concerns appears to be the idea of who is welcome to attend the event (specifically, whether the event is limited to women or whether male advocates for the cause are also welcome). The site advises that the March is open to “any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights.” The FAQ section also addresses safety concerns, the specifics of which will be released as the event draws closer, but refers to the decision to bring children to the event as “a personal one.” The site also professes that every effort will be made to accommodate participants with disabilities, including on-site translation for the hearing-impaired and access points for wheelchairs.

Source: Inquisitr

Anyone here planning to attend? The Democrats in my area have chartered a bus, and I’m hoping to go if I can figure out how to fit it into my budget. The bus leaves Friday, 1/20 at 6 pm, and will arrive in Washington on Saturday morning. After the day’s activities, the bus will head back Saturday evening, arriving back here on Sunday morning. It’ll be a bit of a marathon, but I think it’ll be worth it. I’ve always dreamed of being part of something like this.

Source: ONTD_Political

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