Saturday in DC; Women's March for Reproductive Rights
I was fortunate enough to attend the first Women's March in Washington after the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2017. My wife Brooke and I joined hundreds of thousands of men and women who gathered to protest the election of a man wholly unfit for office. We were joined by millions of individuals in cities across the country and around the globe. It was one of the largest protests since the Vietnam War and Civil Rights era.
Many of those same individuals were instrumental in the 2018 midterm elections that allowed Democrats to retake the House of Representatives and prevent GOP efforts to destroy the Affordable Care Act and social safety net during Trump's last two years in office. However, because Republicans retained the Senate in 2018, Trump was able to nominate additional Supreme Court Justices that oppose reproductive rights and recently the Court refused to intervene when Texas passed a near-total ban on abortions.
So, this Saturday, thousands of men and women are planning to return to the streets in Washington and other cities around the country to protest right-wing efforts to end reproductive freedom in America. The marches correspond closely with the start of a new Supreme Court session next week, one which will likely include Court decisions further eroding Roe V. Wade.
The marches are being organized by the Women's March organization in cooperation with the Service Employees International Union, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Ultraviolet, NARAL, EMILY’s List, and 90 other women’s rights organizations.
Washington attendees will gather at Freedom Plaza for a pre-rally faith service at 10 AM. At noon, comedian and activist Cristela Alonzo will host a rally featuring live and prerecorded speeches and music. Vice President Kamala Harris and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra have been invited to attend. The crowd will begin marching at 1:30 from Freedom Plaza along Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Ave towards the Supreme Court building.
Organizers believe that up to 10,000 individuals will participate in the march.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content