Working Together to Inspire Change in Pennsylvania and D.C.
PHILADELPHIA – The Women’s March on Washington – Pennsylvania Chapter is honored to be endorsed by State Senator Daylin Leach (D – Montgomery/Delaware).
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Women’s March is leading the effort in the Keystone State to mobilize residents in the Nation’s Capital on January 21, 2017. The historic event will send a bold message to the new administration on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights. Senator Leach and his family have committed to join thousands of Pennsylvanians for the march in D.C.
“Women’s rights, civil rights, and environmental protection all face an existential threat,” Senator Leach said. “The Women’s March on Washington will bring attention to those important issues and spur effective action.”
“Senator Leach has fought for progress his entire life. He is a champion of protecting human rights. His support of the Women’s March has further energized hundreds of women and men across Southeast Pennsylvania who are determined to make their voices heard on January 21 and beyond,” said Heidi Solomon-Orlick, Co-Organizer, The Women’s March on Washington – PA Chapter.
The Women’s March on Washington is especially important to Leach’s 15-year old daughter, Brennan. Although too young to vote, the results of the election have motivated Brennan to march alongside her father in Washington and encourage other teens to become engaged in the world around them.
“I’m doing everything I can do recruit all of my friends for this,” she said. “We are the future. We are stronger together.”
The Women’s March on Washington – Pennsylvania Chapter encourages the public to join Senator Leach for “Daylin’s Resistance Forum” on Wednesday, January 18, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Upper Merion Middle School, 450 Keebler Road, King of Prussia, Pa. The forum will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss the best ways to protect progressive policies and institutions. They will learn how to lobby elected officials and advocate for the policies they are passionate about. Attendees will meet with experienced advocates from organizations that promote a variety of issues including civil rights, women’s health, and firearm safety. Most importantly, attendees will meet others who care deeply about protecting progress.
“Daylin’s Resistance Forum will provide those marching with us in Washington with constructive and positive ways to enact change in our local communities after the inauguration,” said Solomon-Orlick.
The Pennsylvania Chapter is working to assist thousands of marchers with travel plans and logistics, such as bus transportation and lodging. 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.
The Women’s March on Washington is on track to be the largest demonstration ever in response to a presidential inauguration. A sister march is being planned in Philadelphia on the same day, January 21, for those who are unable to make the trip to D.C.
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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