State Lawmaker Encourages Lehigh Valley Constituents to Participate in Jan 21 March
The Women’s March on Washington – Pennsylvania Chapter is honored to be endorsed by State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh.
“During his time in office, Rep. Schlossberg has proven to be an advocate for women’s rights through his fight to improve education, create jobs, expand healthcare, create fairer taxes, and protect the most vulnerable in our communities,” said Shawna Knipper, Co-Organizer, The Women’s March on Washington – Pennsylvania Chapter. “We hope his support will empower even more Lehigh Valley residents to take a stand with us in Washington.”
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. Knipper, of Allentown, is one of four co-organizers of the Pennsylvania movement. At least 600 people are traveling from the Lehigh Valley to D.C. via charter buses to participate in the march.
“Now, more than ever, regular citizens need to understand that they have an absolutely vital role in government. The policies proposed by the incoming administration will impoverish our elderly, risk the health of our working poor and middle class, bury woman in back alleys, and dramatically limit the freedom of all Americans,” said Representative Schlossberg. “Common citizens have an obligation to ensure that government represents their interests, not the wishes and desires of the wealthy oligarchy that is forming the swamp of the Trump administration. I’m proud to lend my name and support to the Women’s March.”
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.
For more information about the Women’s March on Washington – Pennsylvania Chapter:
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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 http://www.womensmarch.com