On Saturday, Jan. 21, I will join the Women’s March on Washington, the largest protest in response to a new president in American history, to stand for a spectrum of diverse causes – including women’s and LGBTQ rights, racial justice, indigenous rights, immigration rights, worker’s rights and environmental justice. The Women’s March on Washington is for any person, regardless of gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights. We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault.
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.