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“We’re standing up for the vibrant, multiracial democracy that we know is possible.” – Ai-Jen Poo
On Saturday, millions participated in the most historic women’s march in the history of the nation and on Sunday, hundreds gathered to commit themselves to the work necessary to make equality reality a reality.
Day 2 of the Women’s March weekend featured organizations such as Generation Progress, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, The Ms. Foundation, and The United State of Women hosting a day of Action and Advocacy Trainings in Washington D.C to educate and empower participants on important policy issues and build a network out of this momentous event.
The purpose of this event was to encourage women that marching for rights isn’t the only work that needs to be done. Tasks should be done daily for our rights to be achieved. The fight doesn’t just end here. In order for us to get our voices heard, we must organize educational seminars to train women on how to get their communities involved.
Inspiring speakers involved in the event included Cecile Richards, Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal, Ai-Jen Poo, Jessica Pierce, Teresa Younger, Senator Jeff Merkley, and many more.
Featured speakers spoke to current issues affecting society in this political climate. They spoke on reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, immigrant rights, environmental justice, disability rights, and ending violence. Women and men in the audience were extremely empowered to find out there are a number of important obligations we have as a community to reach out and inspire one another. The training stressed the importance of using the power from the march and putting it into your local communities. Change happens once you start on the small scale and work your way up.
7 steps you can take to start your feminist to do list:
- Organize within your local communities: rally up your friends and family!
- Show up to your Town Halls
- Call Congress
- Vote in state, local, and federal government elections
- Vote in the midterm elections
- Run for office. Don’t know where to start? Check out the Emerge Program
- Join Walker’s Legacy for upcoming programs and events discussing what women of color can contribute.
For more information, please visit https://www.womensmarch.com and The United State of Women on Twitter and Facebook for updates on live feed, upcoming programs, and additional ways to get involved in the movement.