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The Resistance

The Women’s March on Washington

On Saturday, January 21st, women (and men) will take to the streets in Washington, D.C., and cities across the country (and the world) in solidarity for the rights of women, the vulnerable, and all citizens. The mission and vision of The Women’s March can be found on their website HERE. Briefly, here are the Unity Principles:

We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We must create a society in which women – including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women – are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.

  • Ending Violence: It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system.
  • Reproductive Rights: We believe in Reproductive Freedom.
  • LGBTQIA Rights: We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.
  • Worker’s Rights: All workers – including domestic and farm workers, undocumented and migrant workers – must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage.
  • Civil Rights: We believe it is time for an all-inclusive Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Disability Rights: We strive to be fully included in and contribute to all aspects of American life, economy, and culture.
  • Immigrant Rights: We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.
  • Environmental Justice: We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed – especially at the risk of public safety and health.

(Read the full Unity Principles HERE)

I fully support their mission. As a woman, I long ago tired of contorting my very self to fit a patriarchal vision of the world. Women’s rights are human rights, as defined by women and not as imposed by men. I am proud to march on January 21st, and then continue to contribute my talents to the cause of equality and justice for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age, or disability.