For Immediate Release
January 17, 2017
4,500 Connecticut Women and Men Will Attend the Women’s March on Washington on Donald Trump’s First Day in Office
What: The Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots effort comprised of hundreds 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 Connecticut Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington is coordinating 80 buses for the Women’s March on Washington in Washington D.C. to join a call from women around the nation to unite to move from despondency to recovery and resistance. The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many women – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, Connecticut women 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 government 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.
We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
When: Saturday, January 21, 2017. Rally begins at 10:00am and ends at 1:15pm followed by the march until 5:00pm.
Where: The starting point and rally will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street, Washington DC, near the U.S. Capitol. Connecticut women and supporters will meet at the National Museum of American Indian at 3rd St SW & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560 at 9:00am
Who: 4,500 Connecticut women and men will join hundreds of thousands of women and men in Washington D.C. and also attend the sister rallies in Stamford and Hartford. The Women’s March Rally in Washington D.C. will feature nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and others. America Ferrera will serve as Artist Table Chair and celebrities including Uzo Aduba, Patricia Arquette, Danielle Brooks, Cher, Chelsea Handler, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Debra Messing, Frances McDormand, Katy Perry, Amy Schumer, Olivia Wilde, Constance Wu, Zendaya, and others will participate, join in solidarity with the March.
About the Women’s March on Washington-Connecticut Chapter: Women’s March on Washington-Connecticut Chapter is being organized by a groups of 25 diverse Connecticut women. For more information:
About the Women’s March on Washington: The Women’s March on Washington, held on January 21st in Washington, D.C., intends to send a bold message to the incoming Presidential administration on their first day in office, to leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, Governors and state Congresses, and to the world, that we stand together in solidarity and expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities. The March is led by a national coordinating committee, volunteer organizers representing all 50 states, and numerous partner organizations. Partners include Amnesty International, EMILY’s List, GLAAD, Girls Who Code, Muslim Women’s Alliance, Planned Parenthood, United We Dream, and many more.