Women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability.
On January 21, 2017 women will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. They will stand together in solidarity with their partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families. At this time in history it is felt there is a strong need to march together. A program featuring nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and others will also be announced.
The rhetoric of the past election cycle has triggered many people who have considered speeches and tweets to be, “insulting, demonizing, and threatening to many women, including immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.” Women’s March on Washington.
The website goes on to state, “In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
In solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, Maui will host a march on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 8am to 11a.m. The march was scheduled to begin at the Wailuku municipal parking lot (entrances on Market Street and Vineyard Street) and end at 200 S. High Street at the front lawn of the County building. It will now begin and end at the central lawn on the UH Maui College Campus.
The march is designed to be as inclusive as possible, “By recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are our country’s strength, we call on all defenders of human rights to join this march. Anyone who is feeling afraid or marginalized, or supports those that are feeling marginalized at this tender time, are encouraged to attend” said Sara Patton, one of the Maui March organizers. “This march is the first step towards unifying our communities across the country, to create change from the grassroots level up.”
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