The Women’s March on January 21st turned out to be mind-blowing. The country was caught off guard. Record numbers of women joined across the world to bring many issues to the table. Chicago reported that yarn in several shades of pink ran out. Thousands of women banded together creating “pussyhats” for the weekend Women’s March. The hats, which were handmade and knitted to vaguely resemble cat ears, were popular headgear at Women’s March protests across the world — including the Women’s March on Chicago, which had an estimated 250,000 attendees.
The Women’s March is a grassroots effort composed of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level who worked around the clock to pull it all together. The date was set the day after the United States of America presidential election on November 8, 2016. All involved were charged to contact political leaders, activist, mothers, grandmothers, feminists groups and many others to join forces where they live on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The rallies were scheduled to begin at 10:00am and end at 1:15pm. With the slated time to begin marching at 1:15pm.
Women from near and wide gathered to address the elephants in the room. Organizers insist it was a nonpartisan event aimed at addressing specific policy agendas: expanding family leave, ending racial profiling, and maintaining or broadening access to abortion and birth control, among other issues.
Protesters jammed the streets so tightly that we could barely move in DC. I thought it was awesome. I have been marching and protesting for twenty years and have never been to any marches or protesting event such as this. I thank the national co-chairs for the Washington, DC March: Tamika D. Mallory (Founder of Mallory Consulting), Carmen Perez (Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice), Linda Sarsour (Executive Director of Arab American Association to New York) and Bob Bland (CEO & Founder of Manufacturer New York).
All left with a sense of reboots and ready as we continue addressing the government by raising unsettling questions about values and centuries of barriers to women’s ambitions.
For a full list of the states and cities that participated click on this link http://heavy.com/news/2017/01/
In addition to Tha B.U.M.P, Cynthia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated, Mocha Moms, Incorporated, MAMAiAM, the Episcopal Church Women, secretary for Mount Saint Michael Academy PTA in the Bronx, and a member of Graham Elementary School PTA.
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