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This weekend marks the fourth Women’s March and though the Women’s March has been getting some negative feedback lately we think it’s important to remember that this is what started the “resistance.” It’s about women’s rights and standing together one day a year to remind us all of our “why.” It also helps to motivate us for the year ahead.
The Women’s March has a new campaign mission this year:
The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Austin.com calendar is only for live digital events at this time.
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, women, femmes, and allies will stand up against, climate change, reproductive rights, immigration justice, and, lastly, stopping Trump from going to war with Iran. So many important issues to address, so many reasons to march.
If you have never participated in a march but have wanted to, we know it can seem intimidating. To some of you, it may even seem pointless. But let us tell you, it’s not. A march isn’t just a one day protest. There’s so much more to it: it’s for the people marching, it’s for the problems at hand, and it’s to remind the rest of world of the injustices and that each and every single person marching is a real person who’s affected by it. Marches throughout time have changed history one way or another.
So whether you are a seasoned marcher or a newbie, don’t worry, Austin has a lot of ways to help you participate leading up to the march on Saturday, January 18. These events are a great way to gain momentum, join the community, and have honest conversations about the things that matter. And be sure to check out our list of events leading up to and following the 2020 Women’s March.
Featured photo via @womensmarchatx on Instagram.