I went to the Women’s March in DC last weekend! As I am sure you have read, the March made history! Why did I go?
For a number of reasons, but the two biggies: the current administration’s policy positions seriously stand to worsen climate change and have a devastating impact on women’s reproductive rights.
The day was nothing short of Amazing.
Women’s March on Washington Speakers
Here is a sampling:
Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter
J. Bob Alotta, Executive director, Astraea, Lesbian Foundation for Justice
LaDonna Harris, President of Americans for Indian Opportunity
Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
Angela Davis, Distinguished professor emerita, UC Santa Cruz
Gloria Steinem, Feminist writer and activist
Ashley Judd, Actor
Scarlett Johansson, Actress
Melissa Harris-Perry, Editor-at-large, Elle Magazine
Michael Moore, Filmmaker
Amanda Nguyen, President and founder, Rise
Van Jones, President, Dream Corps
Donna Hylton, Formally incarcerated criminal justice reform activist
Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin, Maria Hamilton, Mother of Dontre Hamilton, Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner, Lucia McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis
Judith LeBlanc, Director, Native Organizers Alliance
Roslyn Brock, Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors
Muriel Bowser, Mayor, Washington, DC
A host of great artists performed – Alicia Keys, Janella Monae, Madonna, to name just three. You could say Ashley Judd, who I am a big fan of, performed her speech. Here it is:
The Women’s March on Washington has started something call 10 Actions / 100 Days. It’s 10 simple actions we can all take in 100 days to make our voices heard on issues of importance to each of us. Find out more Here. I invite you to join me in this, and if you are so inclined, share this with friends to do the same.
Needless to say, for me, the year has gotten off to an activist start!