Washington, DC – Founders of the We Are Woman March have secured a permit to rally on the west lawn of the United States Capitol on Saturday, August 18th. Marching for “rights affecting our bodies, our health, our families, our livelihood, and our future,” the rally is expected to draw women, men, and children from all over the United States.
Though the event was originally planned for September, construction on the National Mall foiled the group's efforts to secure a permit for that month. Permit Team Leader Alaina LaTourette was able to work with the Capitol Police to file paperwork and obtain approval for the August 18th date. The team is tentatively aiming to organize a march to the Capitol that will take place prior to the rally. LaTourette says that marching is dependent on cooperation from the National Parks Service, the Capitol Police, and Metro DC.
Volunteer committees are forming to manage publicity, speakers, and other aspects of the march. Help is needed to coordinate supplies and facilities in preparation for and on the day of the event, and volunteers with medical training are in especially high demand.
Donations from individuals and organizations are also being collected to support the rally. Sponsors can learn more about funding options by visiting www.wearewoman.us/p/donate.html. A CafePress store has also been created for both fundraising and visibility.
Erin Nanasi, whose “We Are Warriors” video inspired the march, explains how We Are Woman is drawing people from all genders, races, backgrounds, and political ideologies to the cause: “For those of you who think this march is just about women's issues, you're wrong. Understand that we, women, are at the forefront of this movement, but we are not alone. Anyone, everyone, who does not fit the new GOP's narrow view of what America should be is in danger.”
In anticipation of November's critical presidential election and in retaliation for more than a thousand anti-women laws being passed through state houses throughout the United States, We Are Woman expects the gathering to attract every bit as much support as the 2004 March for Women's Lives.
The five co-founders of the march say that they are looking forward to, "Joining with others all over the country to stand shoulder to shoulder and shout 'No more!'"
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