Why I Went to the Women’s March on Washington

Women's March

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

Women's March
Angela Davis

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

Who performed?

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:

Wow.

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!

 

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