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Women’s March on Washington: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Friday, January 13, 2017
BRENDAN MORROW
RaeAnn Roca Pickett Phone: 202-621-1409 Email: raeann@latinainstitute.org

This article was originally posted on http://www.heavy.com

Hundreds of thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate against President-elect Donald Trump when he takes the oath of office next week.

According to Politico, at least 28 different groups have been credentialed by the National Park Service, and a spokesperson said the National Park Service has received an unprecedented number of requests. One of the largest demonstrations in D.C. will be the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place the day after the inauguration: Saturday, January 21st beginning at 10:00 a.m. It will start on the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW.

The group behind the Women’s March on Washington does not currently have an exact headcount for the event, but on their Facebook event page, 186,000 people say they plan to attend. An additional 253,000 people say they’re interested in attending.

The name of the event might give off the impression that it’s mainly intended to be a demonstration of women, but the group says the march is open to anyone who supports women’s rights.

“[T]he Women’s March on Washington (WMW) is for any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights,” the group says on its website.

Here’s what you need to know about the Women’s March on Washington and the group behind it.

1. It Has Been in the Works Since November 9th

The Women’s March on Washington started being planned literally moments after it became clear that Donald Trump would become the 45th president of the United States.

It was started by Teresa Shook, a retired attorney and grandmother in Hawaii who thought she would get together some of her Facebook friends who were interested in protesting the inauguration, according to a press release from the WMW. In the next 24 hours, thousands of people had expressed interest in the idea, and it only grew from there.

The event was originally named the Million Women March; this was to pay tribute to the 1997 Million Women March, an event held in Philadelphia that brought together thousands of African American women. Later, it was renamed the Women’s March on Washington, and so it now pays tribute to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the event during which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Four individuals serve as national co-chairs for the Women’s March on Washington: Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland, Tamika D. Mallory and Carmen Perez.

2. Katy Perry, Cher, Scarlett Johansson & Other Celebrities Will Attend

The Women’s March on Washington has now attracted the attention of many Hollywood celebrities who plan to demonstrate alongside everyone else on January 21st. This includes a number of celebrities who endorsed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

For instance, Katy Perry, who campaigned for Clinton and performed for her during a November 6th campaign rally, says she will march.

Scarlett Johansson will also be present. Johansson did not appear at any Hillary Clinton events during the campaign, but she was vocal in her support for the Democratic candidate,

“Hillary is the right candidate for right now,” Johansson said in an interview with Variety. “I think she’s got a lot of integrity. She’s got a lot of stamina. She’s a very clever politician, and that’s actually important to me. Maybe it’s because I have a daughter now.”

Johansson also appeared in an anti-Trump PSA created by her colleague Joss Whedon, director of the Avengers films.

Cher will be at the Women’s March on Washington, too. Cher is another celebrity who supported Hillary Clinton, appearing at her rallies and criticizing Donald Trump throughout the election. She recently took to Twitter to encourage her followers to attend the January 21st demonstration.

In addition, comedian Amy Schumer plans to attend the march. Schumer formally endorsed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election; she made headlines after Election Day when she mocked Donald Trump during a stand-up show and received a mixed reaction of cheers and boos.

Recently, Evan Rachel Wood, star of the HBO series Westworld, announced on Twitter that she would attend the Women’s March on Washington as well.

The following celebrities have also said that they will attend the protest:

Chelsea Handler
Constance Wu
Danielle Brooks
Debra Messing
Frances McDormand
Hari Nef
Jessica Chastain
Julianne Moore
Olivia Wilde
Patricia Arquette
Uzo Aduba

3. Partners Include Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International & NARAL Pro-Choice America

A number of groups have signed on to be partners of the Women’s March on Washington.

One of them is Planned Parenthood, the women’s health organization that Republicans have pledged to defund. Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, will be marching on January 21st.

“It’s moments like this when I’m proudest to count myself among the Planned Parenthood family,” said Kelley Robinson, assistant director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Together, in Washington and across the country, we’ll send a clear message to extremists: We are stronger than your attempts to divide us. We won’t stand idly by as you try to roll back our fundamental rights – and that includes fighting like hell to stop every attempt to defund Planned Parenthood health centers.”

Another organization that is sponsoring the march is Amnesty International, a human rights group. They signed on as a co-sponor in December.

“We’re proud to stand with people from all across the country to declare that women’s rights are human rights and to demand that the new administration and Congress protect everyone’s human rights,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “We decided to cosponsor the Women’s March on Washington to help send a loud and clear message that human rights must be respected.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America, a group that advocates for unrestricted access to abortion, is another co-sponsor of the event. They were vocal in their opposition to Donald Trump throughout the 2016 election and formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

“The grassroots activism fueling the march is extraordinary and sends a clear message to the Trump administration: We will not stand down in the face of attacks on our fundamental rights, and we will hold anti-choice and anti-woman politicians accountable,” Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in a statement.

GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is a co-sponsor of the march as well. This LGBT group has said that the 2016 Republican platform is the most hateful in history.

“America stands tallest when it stands firmly in its founding principle that all people are created equal,” GLAAD said on November 9th. “With the election behind him, President-elect Trump must now rise above divisive politics and side with the vast majority of Americans who demand equality for their LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors.”

Although Trump himself has shown tepid support for same-sex marriage, the official Republican party platform states that marriage is between a man and a woman and that “we do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the States.”

Those are just some of the most well known organizations that have signed on as co-sponsors, but there are dozens more. Here is a list of all of the groups that serve as partners for the Women’s March on Washington:

#VOTEPROCHOICE
1199 SEIU
350.org
9to5, National Association of Working Women
ACCESS Michigan
The Advancement Project
AFL-CIO
AFSCME
Alive Inside Foundation
Alliance for Quality Education
America’s Voice
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
American Humanist Association
American Indian Movement
American Jewish World Service
American Medical Women’s Association
Amnesty International
The Amplifier Foundation
Arab American Association of New York
ART NOT WAR / Humanity for Progress
Arte Sana
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)
Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA)
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
The Autonomous Womyn’s Front
Baltimore County Green Party
Be Kind for Lyme
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Black Girls Rock
Black Ladies International Incorporated
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism
Black Women’s Roundtable
Bold and Boundless
Brick x Brick
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Brown Boi Project
Bus for Progress
BUST
California Immigrant Policy Center
Catholics for Choice
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Emergent Diplomacy
Center for Popular Democracy
Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
The Center For Reproductive Rights
CHIRLA
Cleveland Action Democrats
Coalition for Post Tubal Women (CPTwomen)
The Coalition of Nasty Women
CODEPINK
theCollectiveShift
Common Defense
Communications Workers of America
Communities United for Police Reform
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Council on American Islamic Relations – Connecticut (CAIR-CT)
Council on American Islamic Relations – San Francisco Bay Area
CultureStrike
Cultures of Dignity
Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance
Define American
DemList
Demos
Disability Action for America
The Dream Corps
East Point Peace Academy
Ellevate Network
EMILY’s List
Empower HER Business
Equal Rights Advocates
Equality Equation
Equality Now
ERA Action
ERA Coalition
ERA Minnesota
Everything Girls Love
ExpertClick’s NewsReleaseWire
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
FEM Inc.
Feminist Majority Foundation
FemInUs
Fig Tree Revolution
FREE THE NIPPLE
GABRIELA Washington, D.C.
Gathering For Justice
Gender Action
Girl Be Heard
Girls Republic
Girls Who Code
Give Lively
GLAAD
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Global Citizen & CHIME FOR CHANGE
Global Momenta
GOOD
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Green For All
Greenpeace USA
Higher Heights
Hip Hop Caucus
Hope and Love Inc
Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Watch
iFundWomen
IKAR
Indian American Democratic Club
International Women’s Health Coalition
Jan. 21 Teach-in
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ)
Katrina’s Dream
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC)
Korean American Resource and Cultural Center
Korean Resource Center
Lady Parts Justice
Lawyers for Good Government
League of Women Voters
Lower Eastside Girls Club
Life Camp Inc.
MADFree
Make the Road New York
MINKA Brooklyn
Model Alliance
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense
MomsRising
Mothers Out Front
MoveOn.org
MPower Change
Muslim Community Network
Muslim Women’s Alliance
NAACP
NAACP Youth & College Division
NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation
NARI Network
National Abortion Federation
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Coalition of Black Civic Participation
National Community Reinvestment Coalition
National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
National Council of Jewish Women
National Domestic Workers Alliance
National Institute for Reproductive Health
National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Network for Arab American Communities
National Newspaper Publishers Associations
National Organization for Women (NOW)
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Women’s History Project
National Women’s Liberation
National Women’s Political Caucus
The New Agenda
The New York Immigration Coalition
New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)
Newtown Action Alliance
The Next Four Years – Milwaukee
NO More
One Billion Rising
Ontario Federation of Labour
OXFAM
PDX Women in Technology
PEN America
People For the American Way
The Philosopher’s Stone
Planned Parenthood
Positive Women’s Network NYC Chapter
Progressive Coders Network
Psychologists for Social Responsibility
Public Citizen
Pussy Hat Project
The Representation Project
RISE When We Fall
Sankofa.org
Secular Coalition for America
See Jane Do
SEIU Healthcare PA
She’s It LLC
Sierra Club
Sisters in Synergy
Skinless Project
Smith College Club of Washington
Southern Poverty Law Center
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Capitol Hill
Support the Girls
Trayvon Martin Foundation
UltraViolet
Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation
The United State of Women
United University Professions
UniteWomen.org
Unite Women New York Inc.
United We Dream
URGE: Unite for Reproproductive & Gender Equity
V-Day
Veterans Stand for America
Voto Latino
VROOMZ
We Are Woman
Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)
The Women’s Collective
Women’s Environment and Development Organization
Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)
The Women’s Information Network (WIN NYC)
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom US Section
Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace
Women Across Frontiers
Women for Afghan Women
Women for Justice
Women for Women International
Women-Matter
WomenNC – NC Committee for CEDAW/CSW
Women Occupy Hollywood
Women On 20s, Inc.
Women Thrive Alliance
Women TIES, LLC
Women Watching Washington
Wonkette
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

4. They Have Raised $1 Million so Far

 

 

Putting on an event of this size is obviously a very expensive process, and so the group is currently trying to raise $2 million. This money will support the costs of things like parking and porta-potties.

“All proceeds will go to logistics and expenses to put on the Women’s March on Washington,” the group says.

As of Friday morning, the WMW has raised over $1 million on its Crowd Rise page. The majority of this money appears to be coming from small donations of $20 to $50.

On Crowd Rise, many donating to the cause have left comments explaining why they support the movement and this event in particular.

“As a minority, I choose to be part of the movement saving our democracy against the danger,” wrote one anonymous individual who donated $100.

Another donor simply wrote, “#nastywomen.”

5. The Group Has Released a Policy Platform

The Women’s March on Washington won’t just be a demonstration with the goal of generally opposing the presidency of Donald Trump; rather, the group has now gone into detail about the policies they are advocating for. The platform, which they call the Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles, was prepared by individuals from a variety of advocacy groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Center for American Progress.

The platform advocates for the implementation of an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The group also says that it will fight against any federal or state government actions that would restrict access to healthcare services, including birth control and abortion, and it will fight for the right of individuals to access these services regardless of income. The platform goes on to talk about reducing workplace discrimination against women and mothers, and guaranteeing paid family leave, access to affordable child care, and equal pay for equal work.

In addition, the platform advocates for the right of LGBTQ Americans to receive access to name and gender changes or identity documents, anti-discrimination protections, and comprehensive health care without limitations.

Next, the group says it will fight for police accountability and the end of arming police with military grade weapons and tactics.

On the topic of labor unions, the platform states that all workers have the right to organize and fight for a raise of the minimum wage, and that undocumented workers and sex workers must be included in labor protections.

Regarding immigration reform, the platform rejects mass deportation and family detention, saying that a pathway to citizenship must be established. “We recognize that the call to action to love our neighbor is not limited to the United States, because there is a global migration crisis,” the platform adds. “We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.”

Finally, the group says that the environment must be protected and that all citizens have the right to clean water and clean air.