PHILADELPHIA (December 10,2016) The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington is proud to announce the effort is underway to mobilize thousands of residents who wish to participate in the historic event in the Nation’s Capital on January 21, 2017. This comes as the world recognizes Human Rights Day, December 10, a global call by the United Nations to stand up for someone’s rights, whether it is on the street, in school, at work, in the voting booth, or in social media.
“Today is a perfect reminder that the work to protect human rights is far from over,” said Heidi Solomon-Orlick, Co-Organizer, The Women’s March on Washington – PA Chapter.
Solomon-Orlick of Reading, PA, along with Tam Williams of West Chester and Alexandra Hackett Ferber of Norristown, are three state co-organizers leading the grassroots efforts in the Keystone State – with support from dozens of volunteers from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and points in between.
“This movement is unlike any other. Through the power of social media, we have been able to connect with women and men across the state who want to send a message to the new administration,” said Heidi Solomon-Orlick, Co-Organizer, The Women’s March on Washington – Pennsylvania Chapter. “There is so much at stake when it comes women’s rights and human rights. We are committed to making our voices heard on January 21 and beyond.”
The Pennsylvania Chapter is working to assist thousands of marchers with travel plans and logistics, such as bus transportation and lodging. Many of those attending from Pennsylvania will be making the trek via charter bus, departing their respective cities in the early morning hours and returning home later that night. Others will stay at hotels or with friends and family in and around the DC metro area.
The PA Chapter is also actively working on community partnerships with the development of a Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Committee. The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. The Women’s March on Washington confronts the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
“Our efforts at the state level are designed to empower our friends and neighbors,” said Solomon-Orlick. “We want Pennsylvanians to feel energized and unified at the Women’s March on Washington. We are strong, but we are stronger together,” she added.
The Women’s March on Washington is on track to be the largest demonstration ever in response to a presidential inauguration. Sister marches are being planned in Philadelphia and Altoona on the same day, January 21, for those who are unable to make the trip to D.C.
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About The Women’s March on Washington:
The Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level. The effort is helmed by four national co-chairs and a national coordinating committee who are working around the clock to pull it all together.
The Women’s March on Washington is guided by basic principles of human rights with a value on human dignity. 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. We practice empathy with the intent to learn about the intersecting identities of each other. We will suspend our first judgement and do our best to lead without ego.
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. For more information, visit www.womensmarch.com