In 1913, a crowd of 5,000 people gathered for the Women’s Suffrage March to support women’s voting rights. In 1963, 250,000 gathered for the revolutionary March on Washington in which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his inspiring “I Have A Dream” speech. In 1970, 20,000 protesters gathered in the Women’s Strike for Equality. In 1979, 125,000 gathered to demand equal rights for LGBTQ communities. And tomorrow, January 21, 2017, thousands of people will come together for the Women’s March on Washington.
It’s official, Donald Trump is the 45th president. No matter your views on politics, this is a fact that you have to accept, even if you don’t agree with it. While we can’t change the past, we can change, or at least impact, the present and how it affects our future. While it’s called the Women’s March, this matter doesn’t just affect the sisters, mothers, nieces and daughters in our lives. It’s also about the rights of employees, immigrants, LGBTQ communities and the preservation of the physical environments that we all call home.
Here are all of the sister marches happening in the country and around the world and how you can be involved even if you can’t be there in person.
The idea for the protest originally came from a retired attorney, Teresa Shook, who simply asked her Facebook friends if they’d be interested. Her inquiry ended up receiving 10,000 responses.
Click here for domestic and international lists of all the marches occurring tomorrow and enter your zip code to find one closest to you.
The original march in Washington is expecting 250,000 participants, some of whom are flying in from all over the country. It’s expected to be the biggest event to protest an inauguration in history.
You can RSVP through the headcount form.
While the major marches besides the one in Washington will take place in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and Portland, smaller marches won’t be overlooked. 616 sister marches will be taking place tomorrow and will span across 57 countries on six continents.
Each march will also be customized in their own way. The march in Maui, Hawaii, will feature a sacred blessing and moments of silence. The march in Alabama will begin at the 16th Baptist Church, a pivotal monument during the Civil Rights movement. If you can’t make it in person, you can donate or purchase official apparel through the website, through which all proceeds will go towards supporting the marches and their movement.
Just like the marches before it, tomorrow is a day that will be engraved in history. Will you be a part of it?