Juneteenth Festival / The State of Black Women 


Women’s March Pennsylvania is thrilled to have been asked to be a sponsor for such an important conversation as “The State of Black Women” at the Juneteenth Festival, we’d love to have you join us this Saturday! 
“Johnson House is Philadelphia’s only documented station on the Underground Railroad (UGRR) operating as a museum. As a 240+ year-old farmhouse whose history of anti-slavery activity puts it at the center of the struggle for freedom in America, we have identified a compelling need in our local and national discourse for: the true story of the UGRR, embedded in the economy and politics of our developing nation and told through the viewpoints of African American leaders in that struggle; the complex stories of white and Quaker allies; and paying forward the core principles of the Johnson House story, bringing those principles into a call to action for social justice, in our own times.

On June 17, 2017, Johnson House Historic Site Inc. will celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. 2017 represents our eleventh annual Juneteenth Festival Celebration. The event begins at 11:00 am at 5109 Germantown Avenue, site of the State Marker commemorating the writing of the First Protest against Slavery. From there, a “Freedom Walk” parade will march up Germantown Avenue to Washington Lane and Johnson House to kickoff festivities.

Throughout the festival, guests will be able to shop among a host of vendors at a historic and cultural marketplace – and -view exhibits on freedom displayed throughout the block. Other festival activities will include historic site guided tours (Cliveden, Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, Concord School House and Upper Burial Ground. Later in the day, festival attendees can enjoy our Pop-up Beer Garden and a panel discussion on the State of Black Women: Politics, Healthcare, Education, Economics, and Justice. The Panel will take place at Brand New Life Christian Center, 6301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144. 2:00pm – 3:30pm.”

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#WhiteWomen4BlackLives

THANK YOU to the 500+ women who signed up for the Women’s March #WhiteWomen4BlackLives task force. We started raising the consciousness of white women + their families this weekend, but this is just the beginning.
Today, #BettyShelby returns to her work at her Tulsa, OK police precinct. We need to send Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan a message that a police officer who murders an unarmed man is NOT fit for duty. We need to flood the phones at (918) 596-9378 or by emailing TPDChief@cityoftulsa.org

Also, if you are a white woman, please post a photo on social media today holding a sign saying: “Justice for Terence Crutcher,” “Fear is not an excuse,” or “Betty Shelby should be in jail,” for instance.


Please use the following caption for all posts (and include your photo):

We must confront the violence of white womanhood. Betty Shelby should be held accountable for taking the life of #TerenceCrutcher.

PLEASE SHARE + JOIN THE TASK FORCE: http://bit.ly/whitewomen4blacklives

#justice4terence #ripterencecrutcher #nojusticenopeace #blacklivesmatter #whitewomen4blacklives

10 Actions in 100 days #10 – Pledge of Liberation


PLEDGE OF LIBERATION
Women’s March believes that all issues are women’s issues—from racial justice to environmental justice to disability rights to Indigenous sovereignty. The final action in our 10 Actions / 100 Days Campaign, Pledge of Liberation, harnesses the power of cross-movement collaboration. As a united voice, we declare that all our issues matter and we pledge our commitment to fighting for the liberation of all people.

May 8, 2017 marks six months since the election that shook and galvanized the United States. It marks six months of emboldened hatred and violence. It marks six months in which the swell of resistance—not simply against one man, but against a host of deep-seated systemic inequalities, from racism to classism to sexism to ableism to transphobia to homophobia to xenophobia—has taken over not only the United States but the globe. We will not pledge allegiance to an administration that oppresses and harms us. Instead, we pledge allegiance to the liberation of all people. We pledge allegiance to each other.

On May 1, we took our resistance to the streets with The Majority—a coalition of over 50 organizations—to unite #BeyondTheMoment against anti-Blackness, capitalism, militarism, patriarchy, and xenophobia. On May 8, along with ACLU People Power, United We Dream, Hollaback!, National Lawyers Guild, The Gathering for Justice, and other national and local partners, we will take our resistance directly to our members of Congress. We will send a clear message that we will rise up, together, against attacks on our health care, our identities, and our religious freedoms. We no longer accept hollow reforms or compromises that help some of our communities but harm others.We will hold demonstrations in solidarity with communities around the country and collectively fight for dignity, justice and freedom. We are all part of one movement, and we are not only stronger and more powerful together—our unity is how we survive as people, organizations, and movements.

Just as we pledge our allegiance to each other, we will remind our members of Congress of their allegiance to us—the voters. We ask that this allegiance come in the form of real resistance to this administration’s efforts to divide and harm us. This means, among many things, protecting our health care, voting against attempts to further legalize discrimination and violence, and voting for a federal budget that reflects the values five million people marched for on January 21, 2017

10 Actions in 100 Days #9 – May Day, Beyond The Moment


MAY DAY: BEYOND THE MOMENT

The following statements have been written by The Majority, the Beyond the Moment Coalition, and Women’s March

For the 9th action in our 10 Actions / 100 Days Campaign, Women’s March, in partnership with our fellow Beyond the Moment coalition members, is engaging in a national campaign intended to expand and strengthen multi-racial, multi-sector and local long-term organizing capacity around the fight for justice, freedom and the right to live fully, with dignity and respect for all people. As part of The Majority – a newly-formed coalition of more than 50 organizations – we are mobilizing our movements to participate in May Day actions nationwide, and to do so with an understanding that patriarchy is not the only system oppressing women. Capitalism, militarism, anti-Blackness – which Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to as the “giant triplets” of oppression – as well as homophobic, transphobic, ableist, xenophobic, nationalist and ageist bigotry, are all deeply linked forces of oppression.

HISTORY OF MAY DAY

May 1st or May Day (International Workers’ Day) emerged out of the fight for an eight-hour workday in 1886, an era when workers were routinely forced to work 12+ hour days without time off. In Chicago, over 100,000 people took to the streets on May 1, 1886, kicking off a series of daily demonstrations that climaxed with the Haymarket Affair. Striking workers clashed with police, resulting in several deaths – four of the protesters were later hanged. Often overlooked is the fact that one of the key organizers of this strike, and one of the most radical labor activists in American history, was Lucy Gonzales Parsons – a Black, Mexican, and Indigenous woman.

May Day has since evolved into an international day of labor rights and immigrant rights activism, involving protests, marches, sit-ins, strikes, and other demonstrations – often organized by unions – to draw attention to economic inequality and exploitation and to advocate for better working conditions and pay. Collectively, women of all races, backgrounds, abilities, ages, and classes have taken on numerous roles in organizing, unionizing, rallying, and inspiring workers throughout the world to to fight for workers’ justice. Women of color have always been at the forefront of labor movements, although many have been left out of historical and even activist narratives.

This May Day, we are uniquely positioned to recast the predominant narratives around economic justice toward a more radically inclusive frame that elevates the voices of Black and Brown workers, particularly women and femme workers, and brings together a broad coalition to provide meaningful interventions around intersecting forces of oppression, and the promotion of racial and gender justice.

For further information and links: 

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10 Actions in 100 days #8 – Why We Resist

LET’S TALK: WHY WE RESIST

On January 21st, millions demonstrated that people from vastly different backgrounds can unite behind shared values across a spectrum of issues. From D.C. to Des Moines, from Paris to Lima, we marched for immigrant rights and LGBTQIA+ rights, for civil rights and environmental justice, for reproductive freedom and for Black lives, for people with disabilities and for economic justice, for Indigenous rights and sex workers’ rights – and we proved that all these issues are women’s issues. We proved that our liberation is bound to one another. We are not truly free, until the most marginalized among us are free. This means that we need to continue to learn and inform ourselves about the issues – especially the ones that may not affect our own lives.

While the principles we stand for are universal, their impact manifests at the local level. So as we continue to mobilize for true human rights for all people, engage with those around you and learn more about the specific issues that matter most to your community.

For Action 8 in our 10 Actions / 100 Days campaign, we encourage you to connect with people beyond your familiar circle and invite them to share their thoughts, hopes, fears and ideas. Break down barriers by coming out from behind your feeds and filters to engage your neighbors one-on-one and learn about what issues galvanize them. Be sure to share what you activate for too. Together, let’s talk about the issues that motivated us to march on January 21, and around which we can unite far beyond these initial 100 days.

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

Learn how to engage in effective one-on-one conversations with people on the important topics and issues.

Host a group one-on-one training in your home (or another community space), where you and your friends, families, and colleagues, can practice guiding productive and open conversations about the issues.

Get out of your comfort zone and engage 5 new members of your community to find out what matters to them.

For more resources please see :

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10 Actions in 100 days #7 -We Belong Together 


For this action, We Belong Together, we invite you to join us in participating in the Kids Week of Action. Unite with children and families across the country, empower young activists and commit to making communities a welcoming place for all.

This action is centered around the concept of unity and family, and the belief that children have a critical role to play in the resistance movement. This action is part of a collaboration with National Domestic Workers Alliance, WeCount!, PowerU, the American Friends Service Committee, #LoveArmy, MomsRising, FLIC, Make it Work, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, UndocuBlack Network and the Women’s Refugee Commission.

FOUR WAYS YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:

1. Create or join a #WeBelongTogether Unity Circle in your community. During the week of action, we encourage kids and youth to form circles and link arms around spaces they seek to make safe and welcoming for all, such as schools, parks, playgrounds, city halls and congressional offices, to demonstrate how young people are uniting against dangerous policies that threaten to tear communities apart. Invite local leaders to join your circles — teachers, school officials, mayors, city council members, for example — and commit to enacting or fighting for policies that support and defend young people in their communities. See the We Belong Together Organizer Toolkit for more suggestions for creating a Unity Circle.

2. Educate yourself and engage with young people about how discriminatory policies are affecting their lives, especially kids of color and refugees. We’ve included a list of resources on our website.

3. Write postcards to elected officials. Gather a group of friends or plan a classroom activity to write postcards to your local elected officials. (Visit the link here to find your elected officials.) Ask them to support laws that keep families and communities together. Download and print the postcards on our website or create your own and share them on social media using the hashtag #WeBelongTogether.

4. Invite your friends and family to participate in the We Belong Together Kids Week of Action, share your story on social media and use the hashtag #WeBelongTogether. Here are a few ideas.

YOU CAN SET UP YOUR ACTION #7 EVENT HERE: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/we-belong-together?source=direct_link

Women for Syria: April 13 Vigils

We said NEVER AGAIN. Here we are. SYRIA.

-A message from the Women’s March Network

In the past 6 years, over 500,000 Syrians have been killed and over 6 million displaced within Syria and throughout the world.

On Thursday, April 13, we call for a Day of Action for Syria.

We recently saw horrific images of dead Syrian babies, mothers crying, fathers begging for death after the murders of their family members. When asked, Syrians have often said they feel alone. They feel like no one in the world cares about them or their plight for freedom, safety and security.

We mourn for and with the people of Syria. We are outraged that the President and his cabinet are banning the very refugees that are escaping the same terrorism we are claiming to fight.

The United States has taken in a very small number of Syrian refugees. We demand that we be a sanctuary and safe haven for Syrian refugees. We call on the administration to let in at least 75,000 refugees. This will help alleviate some of the suffering of the children and their families. There is no easy solution – but providing Syrians with a life of safety and security is the least we can do.

IMG_6249Here are three ways you can participate in our Day of Action for Syria on Thursday, April 13:

1. Attend a vigil or action near you. Demand that the United States allow in more refugees. This is not the ultimate solution to the Syrian crisis but it’s the least we can do in the interim. There are millions of displaced refugees within Syria and across the globe in refugee camps and we welcome them here. We call on Women’s March organizers and supporters to invite their local communities on Thursday, April 13, at 6pm local time for vigils across the country. Bring candles and signs. Share your events on social media using the hashtag #WomenForSyria.

2. Educate yourself about the conflict. Here are some resources:

  • The Syrian Observer is a daily online news service covering Syrian political and civil society news. It is dedicated primarily to translating into English news content by Syria’s official press, opposition groups, activists and civil society.
  • Sarabiany Blog is the blog of a well-respected New York-based Syrian American activist aggregating news, analysis and think pieces.
  • Ezra Klein details the Syrian war in a 5-minute video from 2015.
  • Maytha Alhassen,Syrian American journalist and scholar, answers questions about the crisis in Syria in a Facebook Live video.

(click here for the links to resources)

Twitter feeds to follow: @sarabiany, @amalhanano, @mayalhassen, @karamfoundation, @observesyria @suzanneakhras

3. Donate. Refugees are suffering in camps across the globe. They need medical supplies, medical attention and basic necessities. Below is a list of U.S.-based organizations working with Syrian refugees to consider supporting.

  • Karam Foundation develops Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distributes Smart Aid to Syrian families, and funds Sustainable Development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians.
  • The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and neighboring countries to alleviate suffering and save lives. SAMS proudly provides medical care and treatment to every patient in need.
  • Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. They have committed significant resources and staff to Syrian Humanitarian aid and services.
  • Syrian Community Network works to resettle/support Syrian refugees with basic necessities, access to language appropriate services in the Chicagoland Area.
  • Smile for Charity is an organization based in New Jersey working with Syrian refugees in need.

Women’s March Network is in contact with several organizations and Syrian American women who are working on the front line of the refugee crisis both in Syria and in the United States. For questions, please contact Women’s March Network: Linda@womensmarch.com.

10 Actions in 100 Days: #6 – Hear Our Vote

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As we grow our resistance movement, it is important to recognize the power of our vote. By focusing on upcoming special, local, and state elections, we can create a groundswell of new elected officials who will fight for our values. Our power lies at the local level, the pipeline for higher offices; this is why we have to vote more than once every four years.

For the sixth action in our 10 Actions / 100 Days campaign, we ask you to register to vote and to identify the upcoming elections in your district.

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10 Actions/100 Days: Reflect & Resist

 

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A Message from The Women’s March Network

The feminist movement has a complex history. It is a powerful movement that has gained monumental victories, yet one cannot speak about feminism without acknowledging the dismal lack of representation for, and at times an active sidelining and silencing of the issues facing women of color, women with disabilities, sex workers, low-income women, and the LGBTQIA+ community.

The Women’s March is committed to learning from this history in order to guide our collective work with an intentionally intersectional approach. The ways in which oppressive institutions are interconnected and perpetuate oppression cannot be examined separately from one another. When we examine issues of oppression in silos, people fall through the cracks and into the margins. We commit to focusing on those cracks and margins. In doing so, we strive to unfurl  an umbrella under which individually powerful movements – racial justice, gender justice, disability justice, labor justice, and more – can unite, with a collective emphasis on the people and communities that are so often left behind or treated as an afterthought. We ask you to commit to this as well.

Action five is designed to educate some, and refresh others, through study, reflection, and courageous conversations, so that we can all be empowered by, and learn from, the work of activists who came before us, while being mindful not to perpetuate the mistakes of the past. Community is key to activism, so bring your huddles, neighbors, and your march partners back together, collectively choose a book or article to read, or film to watch. Take time to reflect and, together, discuss the topics that they highlight and the issues that women experiencing multiple forms of oppression have faced and continue to face. Below, we’ve selected five titles from each category to help you get started. We encourage you to choose a resource you feel will challenge you most.

During these reflections and conversations, we ask that you not assume shared knowledge. Highlight and celebrate the fact that those in the room may come from a wide array of political and activist backgrounds. Some of you have been doing this longer than others – and that’s okay! Start by sharing your knowledge in order for everyone to gain a deeper understanding and perspective of what we are up against. We are preparing ourselves to organize in accordance with the lessons of the past and the principles we hold.

Be sure to share your own book, article and film selections and let us know how you’re participating in Action #5. Use the hashtag #ReflectAndResist on social media.


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Reminder: March 8 -A Day Without a Woman

DayWithoutAWomanHashtagIn the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women’s March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system–while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. We recognize that trans and gender nonconforming people face heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression and political targeting. We believe in gender justice.

Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways: Continue reading