Why we are in solidarity: #WomensMarch

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#SisterMarch Oakland, CA                                               Photo credit:  Cassandra Grant

by Akilah Monifa and MacArthur Flournoy

Today, January 21st all across the world, Women’s Marches are being held.  The main one in Washington DC.

To date there are 673 #Sister Marches around the world and  2,587,190 folks have registered for the marches.

Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE The Women’s March on Washington is a women-led movement bringing together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, disabilities and backgrounds in our nation’s capital on January 21, 2017, to affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and selfdetermination. Recognizing that women have intersecting identities and are therefore impacted by a multitude of social justice and human rights issues, we have outlined a representative vision for a government that is based on the principles of liberty and justice for all. As Dr. King said, “We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.” Our liberation is bound in each other’s. The Women’s March on Washington includes leaders of organizations and communities that have been building the foundation for social progress for generations. We welcome vibrant collaboration and honor the legacy of the movements before us – the suffragists and abolitionists, the Civil Rights Movement, the feminist movement, the American Indian Movement, Occupy Wall Street, Marriage Equality, Black Lives Matter, and more – by employing a decentralized, leader-full structure and focusing on an ambitious, fundamental and comprehensive agenda.

We support the guiding principles and are in solidarity.

After hearing a speech at the Washington March we texted “women” to 406-49 to join the “Women’s March Movement”.

We think this movement is a brilliant beginning call to action and broad (no pun intended) based coalition building.

We would like to see it coupled with a register to vote campaign and a get out the vote campaign with educational components globally.

The vision and purpose and expanse of the woman’s march is brilliant. We also understand that today’s match is a means – not an end. This is an invitation to solidarity, which we accept.

Men, people of color, the LGBTQ community,  those committed to environmental justice, racial justice and the social justice movement at large must stand in solidarity with the women organizers.

Now the hard work continues, building bridges, engaging in coalition building and alliances across all the social justice movements.

If you are part of the movement are you registered to vote?  Did you vote?  Did you get out the vote?

What are your groups and how are you building coalitions and alliances in advance of the 2017 United States elections and worldwide?

Who’s in and what are the next steps?  Let us know what you think.  This is not a drill, these are not rhetorical questions.

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