The annual Women’s March is coming up and even though the blue wave just hit Washington D.C. the ladies are still going to march.
The first Women’s March happened two years ago the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated. According to the Washington Post, roughly four million people flooded the streets in America to protest the president’s inauguration. It’s believed that the Women’s March 2017 was the largest single-day demonstration in this country’s history.
The newspaper estimates 653 reported Women’s Marches that occurred in 2017.
Two years later and the march is still going strong. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 Women’s March.
This year’s Women’s March is being called the #WomensWave. According to the official website, the #WomensWave will happen on Saturday, January 19, 2019, in Washington D.C. and around the country.
There are hundreds of sister marches going on around the country. The Women’s March has set up a map that you can simply put in your zip code to find an official march near you.
If there isn’t a march near you, you can sign up to host your own. If you don’t live in the United States but want to partake in the march, don’t worry! The Women’s March has international marches organizes so everyone around the world can stand up for their rights.
There are marches in Canada, all over Europe, Africa, Australia and more organized.
The organization encourages you to bring your own signs and banners to the marches.
When & Where
The main Women’s March in Washington D.C. will take place on January 19. At 10 A.M. marchers can begin to gather on the National Mall between 12th and 13th street. The march officially starts at 11 A.M. and will end at the Lincoln Memorial. The route from the middle of the National Mall to the Lincoln Memorial is roughly 1.5 miles.
Once at the memorial, there will be a rally that will start at 1:30 P.M. and go until 4 P.M.
This year’s #WomensWave is focused on sustaining the women’s rights movement. Their mission statement reads:
“The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.”
This year the Women’s March will launch the Women’s Agenda that will structure the organization’s priorities for the next two years.
The four women who started the 2017 Women’s March are still involved as part of the Women’s March Board. Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland are co-presidents; Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour are both board members. Two other people who weren’t founding members are also on the board. Janaye Ingram is a board member and Breanne Butler is director of capacity building and is also a board member.
The movement has experience controversy lately thanks to an article published by Tablet titled, “Is The Women’s March Melting Down?”
In the article, it reveals the anti-semitism that Perez and Mallory expressed during the initial formation of this organization.
Tablet reported, “It was there that, as the women were opening up about their backgrounds and personal investments in creating a resistance movement to Trump, Perez and Mallory allegedly first asserted that Jewish people bore a special collection responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people–and even, according to a close secondhand source, claimed that Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade.”
According to Tablet, this belief that Jews exploit people of color was popularised by The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews published by the Nation of Islam. The book is dubbed at the bible of new anti-Semitism.
Mallory and Perez denied that they ever said these things. Some sister marches have distanced themselves from the main organization because of this.