By Mary Jeffers Schroder
Last year on January 21st it was estimated that over 5 million women, men and children marched all over the world to advocate for human rights.
I attended the Seattle march where history was made with over 100,000 people marching with peaceful, exuberant and defiant energy. For me it was my first hope after a devastating election where a message of hate and the erosion of human rights was occurring daily. We marched to save what we love. We marched in defiance of the hatefulness we were hearing from our newly elected president. We marched to advocate for human rights, including women’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, reproductive rights, the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, and workers' rights. I have tried not to lose that spirit of hopefulness this last year and am looking forward to another opportunity to join with others to march in solidarity.
The following information is from the Seattle march website:
It’s time to make history again on the first anniversary of the Women's March.
Grab your hats and join us for a day of resistance and collective empowerment as we stand together to celebrate feminism and prepare for the coming year of activism.
Why are we marching? To engage and empower all people to support women's rights, racial equity, human rights, civil rights, disability rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, reproductive rights, Indigenous people's rights and social and environmental justice.
Like last year, this will be an all-inclusive, peaceful and family-friendly event. Help us make sure it includes people from every segment of our region. Contact us via our Facebook page if your organization would like to participate.
Please visit our Facebook page to share stories about last year’s march and photos that show how the march impacted you and your loved ones. We also want to encourage people to discuss the #MeToo movement and what we can do in the next year to more effectively support women who are the victims of sexual harassment and assault.
Date and Time
Sat, January 20, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM PST
Cal Anderson Park
1635 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This blog includes thoughts from various contributors at Seattle First Baptist