Women across the country are planning to join the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.” The Women’s March on Washington will begin at 10 am at the Lincoln Memorial and conclude at 5 pm.
Several Montclair women — Kelly Coakley, Christine Oldenbrook, Tiffany Loncar, and Julie Kemps-Rowley — have organized the Montclair chapter bus rally. Buses will depart from Montclair High School on January 21 at 4:55 am. According to Coakley, they have over 150 riders in 3 buses signed up so far.
“Once we understood the enormity of the situation that women’s rights were in jeopardy as well as many other groups of people being singled out under the new administration, we felt the need to channel our anger into action,” says Coakley, who adds, “The Women’s March will send a loud and clear message to the new administration and to the rest of the world that women’s rights are human rights and we must stand up for All groups who are being marginalized. In many ways it feels like this is the beginning of a movement – one that we are extremely motivated to be a part of.”
The official statement of the Women’s March on Washington is the following:
On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. 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, we 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 administration 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. HEAR OUR VOICE.
You can purchase bus tickets at $47 per seat to Washington to join the march online here.
The Montclair chapter would like to make certain that our community is fully represented in DC, but understand that the bus fare is an obstacle for some. They are working with organizations in and around Montclair to identify women who want to participate and add their voices to this historic event.They have created a Gofundme page to raise funds to cover the cost of the bus tickets for those in need.