Sister Marches Press

January 21, 2017 was a historic day. Inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, women and their allies in every US state, 60 countries and on seven continents (Yes! Antarctica will have a march!) stood up for their rights. There were be 673 marches on Jan. 21 spanning the globe, from India, to Ireland to Iowa, with attendance that could surpass 2 million people.  To help you cover this massive story, we offer the following resources:

Media contacts for US sister marches:

Tina Cassidy 717-478-3703 [email protected]

Spokeswoman Yordanos Eyoel [email protected]

Media contacts for sister marches OUTSIDE the US:

[email protected]  

Vivienne Mayer [email protected]

Sarah Barnett [email protected] 240-817- 7714


Kaylin Trychon

InkHouse Media + Marketing

[email protected]

(978) 490-4036

 

WOMEN’S MARCH MOVEMENT TARGETS CONGRESS AT HOME

DURING PRESIDENT’S DAY RECESS

‘Hear Our Voice’ Campaign To Mobilize in Every State

 

BOSTON, Feb. 15, 2017 -- The Sister March Network is launching a national campaign to support thousands of grassroots-led protests, actions and meetings directly confronting   Members of Congress of both parties during the President’s Day recess between now and Feb. 26 to stand up for American values and against regressive policies and poor cabinet choices.

The Hear Our Voice campaign, in partnership with the Indivisible Project and United State of Women, is the third of 10 Actions for the First 100 Days, catalyzing the Women’s March phenomenon into a permanent and powerful movement. The first action involved writing hundreds of thousands of postcards to Congress. The second action were Huddles, community-based meetings meant to strengthen local  networks and empower grassroots activists around the issues most impactful to them. More than 100,000 people took part in 4,700 Huddles in all 50 states and 40 countries in early February.

Hear Our Voice has three goals:

# To educate members of Congress about issues that matter to the Women’s March Network Participants

# To hold members of Congress accountable for their recent votes

# To engage and mobilize thousands of women and their allies in the political process and generate public nonviolent action

Part of the toolkit for the Hear Our Voice Project will include information about specifically how to engage Congress during the recess, and what to do if they try to evade constituents.

“We know some members of Congress are trying to hide, but we will be relentless, showing up at Town Halls, community coffees, public events and their local offices to ensure that they hear our voice,” says Sister March spokeswoman Yordanos Eyoel. “They need to understand that we won’t tolerate this attack on our very way of life. Our democracy and American values are at stake.”

“Our goal is to have each of the 535 members of Congress hear from us when they’re in their home district this month,” says Women’s March Co-Chair Bob Bland. “We have seen the power of collective impact when women and allies stand in unity to support one another at the March and at thousands of Huddles around the country. The congressional recess is a perfect time for them to hear our voice.”

The Women’s March on Washington and Sister March Network have generated unprecedented energy at the grassroots level. A historic 5 million people marched across the world at 645 marches in 84 different countries. In the U.S. alone, there were 437 marches. The marches have inspired other groups, including scientists and environmentalists to stage their own marches, as well.


For more information go to http://womensmarch.com/hearourvoice and follow the next steps on social media at #HearOurVoice.

Media Contact: Tina Cassidy

[email protected] (717) 478-3703

 

HISTORIC WOMEN’S MARCHES ACHIEVE RECORD NUMBERS GLOBALLY

A New Movement Born as Organizers launch “10 Actions for the First 100 Days” Campaign

 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2017 -- In a historic show of unity, more than 5 million people around the world took to the streets today in peaceful demonstrations on all seven continents, launching a new movement for human rights, women’s rights and justice. Inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, which early estimates say more than 1 million attended,  a wave of Sister Marches took shape today across times zones and oceans, and on every continent.

In the United States, Women’s Marches in hundreds of cities and small towns drew veteran organizers, first-time activists, mother-daughter pairs, and communities of all races, religions, genders and abilities in what was the largest day of peaceful demonstration in American history.

“This coordinated day of global action surpassed all of our expectations,” said Women’s March on Washington co-founder & co-chair Bob Bland. "Together, we demonstrated the capacity of women working together in unity to create transformational change."

Bland also announced a 100-day action plan to catalyze the movement around important issues, from civil rights, to healthcare to environmental justice.

The “10 Actions for the First 100 Days” campaign will transform this diverse, organic movement into a powerful force for equality and justice, with practical goals. The campaign will announce the actions in rolling fashion and will include a range of timely and strategic activities -- everything from helping participants build local action networks, to protecting the most vulnerable to working toward specific state and federal legislative agendas.

In Boston, Chicago and Denver, crowds were estimated at well over 200,000 each. In Los Angeles, there were 750,000 and approximately 600,000 in New York City; Seattle, 130,000 and 100,000 in Portland, Ore. and Madison, Wisc. Outside the U.S., tens of thousands marched in London, Sydney, Tokyo and places as remote as Antarctica.

Crowd estimates were submitted by the more than 673 Sister March organizers around the world to the Women’s March team.

“This is a new and important movement that wants to change the status quo,” said Sister March spokeswoman Yordanos Eyoel. “Not just for women, but for marginalized people everywhere.”

Each of the 10 actions will be announced by a leader in the women’s movement via video message, social content and other online methods. The first action, announced today, is to send postcards to Senators on important issues; printable cards can be found at womensmarch.com/100.

The first 10 actions are inspired by the issues that Women’s March on Washington has highlighted, these will include:

·       Ending gender-based violence

·       Reproductive rights and women’s health

·       LGBTQIA rights

·       Worker’s rights

·       Civil rights

·       Immigrant rights

·       Religious freedom

·       Environmental Justice

For more information go to www.womensmarch.com/100 and follow the movement at #womensmarch

 


Press Release - January 17, 2017

Media Contact: Tina Cassidy

[email protected] (717) 478-3703

‘SISTER MARCHES’ GO VIRAL ACROSS THE GLOBE

Interest surges in local solidarity events inspired by Women’s March on Washington

BOSTON, Jan. 17, 2017 -- The Women’s March on Washington has inspired a global wave of activism, with more than 616 ‘sister marches’ planned to occur on the same date as the one in the nation’s capital Jan. 21. There is at least one sister march planned in all 50 American states, several U.S. territories and in 57 countries on six continents. Based on online RSVPs estimates, participation for the sister marches could surpass 1 million.

“This grassroots movement has gone viral in an unprecedented way that no one could have anticipated. It’s inspiring to see how women and their allies around the world are standing up for the universal American values of freedom and justice for all,” said Sister March spokeswoman Yordanos Eyoel. “We’re also excited to convert this enthusiasm into an action network for change after the march.”

Local march sign-ups everywhere have surged in the past week as more participants decide they want to be a part of history and others launch new events closer to home or in the most remote corners of the planet -- from Guam to New Zealand. While big cities such as Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle, New York and Chicago are among those expecting the largest turnouts in the U.S. with tens of thousands expected, there are 16 marches planned across Alaska, 14 in Texas, six in Indiana, and four in South Carolina.  

In Europe, marches in London, Paris and Brussels could draw more than 10,000 each, and there will also be sister marches in countries as diverse as Iraq, Tanzania, South Korea, Ecuador and India.

“The momentum is building around the world,” said Bob Bland, a co-founder and co-chair of Women’s March on Washington. “Our vision of a transformative, women-led grassroots movement to stand up for justice and equity is coming true -- it’s an incredible moment in history.”

For a complete list of the marches, or to find the march nearest you, visit the Women's March on Washington’s sister march directory.

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/WomensMarchSisters/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/womensmarch and the hashtags #womensmarch and #WhyIMarch

INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/womensmarch

 

 


Press Release - January 9, 2017

[email protected] (717) 478-3703

Media Contact: Tina Cassidy

 

Women’s Marches Planned for all 50 States and More Than 40 Other Global Cities Grassroots Efforts from Sydney to Atlanta Could Top 1 Million Participants Organizing for Freedom and Democracy for All

BOSTON, Jan. 9, 2017 - The Women’s March on Washington has inspired nearly 300 other ‘sister marches’ to take place on Jan. 21. All 50 states and Puerto Rico are confirmed to have at least one grassroots-led march on that day, as well as 55 global cities on six continents, from Tokyo to Sydney, Nairobi to Paris to Bogotá.

“This is an unprecedented, organic and viral grassroots global movement that is growing everyday. More than 500,000 people have already committed to march all over the country and the world in just a matter of weeks,” said Boston-based national sister march spokeswoman Yordanos Eyoel, who became a U.S. citizen last fall. “The aggregate turnout has the potential to exceed 1 million marchers. What makes this movement even more special is that people who have never been politically active before are now mobilizing.”

While each person may have their own reasons for marching, the mission is to bring people together to take a stand on issues that deeply impact all of us. The marches will seek to reaffirm the core American values of freedom and democracy for all at a time when many fear that their voices will be lost, specifically related to women’s rights, immigrant rights, worker rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, environmental rights, rights for all races, and religious freedom.

Spearheaded by first time-organizers and seasoned activists, the marches are bringing together people of all backgrounds, races, religions, gender identities, ages and abilities, as well as communities of immigrants. While led by women, all are welcome to attend the marches. More than 300,000 people have signed up on Facebook to attend a local march, in addition to approximately 200,000 who have said they will attend the Women’s March on Washington.

Each march will have its own program, from music and speeches to a rally at a suffragist’s grave in upstate New York, to a verbal “human mosaic” of people in Napa Valley sharing their vision for the future. In Maui, the march will begin with a moment of silence followed by a Hawaiian blessing. In Birmingham, Ala., marchers will gather at the 16th Baptist Church, an iconic civil rights site. In Berlin, the march, to be held Jan. 20, will end at the Brandenburg Gate.

“We need to stand united in the fight for justice and recognition of our shared humanity,” said Little Rock, Ark.’s sister march organizer and Be the Change Alliance founder Gwendolynn Combs, who has never been politically active before now. “The Women's March for Arkansas strives to build that momentum by uniting, educating, and empowering new activists, exposing them to new ideas, and providing direction while connecting them to advocacy organizations.”

The cities with the largest number of march registrants so far include Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Boston, Denver, San Francisco, New York, Austin and Minneapolis/St. Paul. But even marches in small and non-coastal cities are gaining momentum as well, in places such as Topeka, Nashville, Des Moines, Oklahoma City, Columbus, and Phoenix.

“We’re excited that women across the nation and the world are organizing to stand together in solidarity. Our unity will send a strong and clear message that women and our allies will protect our rights, our health, our safety and our communities,” said Bob Bland, a co-chair of Women’s March on Washington. “These sister marches show a powerful and inclusive movement, which is just as crucial as the thousands who will travel to D.C."

For a complete list of the marches, or to find the march nearest you, visit the Women's March on Washington’s sister march international directory.

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/Womens-March-on-Washington-1338822066131069/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/womensmarch and the hashtag #sistermarch
INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/womensmarch