Written by Brandon Jarvis
2016 may very well be the most politically divisive year in over decade in America. We have seen hate and fear cause people to say and do things that they wouldn’t usually. Richmonder’s are looking to March in solidarity with protestors in Washington D.C. The March on Washington organizers are protesting the future leaders of the nation. “We will rally and put the next Administration (and the nation) on notice that there are some things that will not be changed no matter who is president and what party dominates the House and Senate. ” That is a quote from the the March on Washington website. The March in RVA appears to be more about solidarity as a country and working through bipartisan differences. Check out the full post below for the RVA March on Monument.
In solidarity with the March on Washington, members of the Richmond, Virginia community are coming together for a social justice march, March on Monument, on Saturday, January 14th from 1-3 p.m. We will peacefully assemble as one diverse and inclusive community to send a message that Richmonders are standing up for those in danger of oppression and being marginalized. This is a nonpartisan march of the people. We aim to galvanize our diverse community and move forward in positive action together. We will walk on Monument Avenue from the Lee statue (at Monument and N. Allen) to Boulevard.
In addition to marching as one, local community groups and nonprofit organizations are providing opportunities for the community to learn more about their efforts, meet, share, network and partner to increase our strength.
Supporting organizations include:
ACLU of VA
Girls For a Change
Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic)
HOME: Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Interfaith Power and Light
Legal Aid Justice Society
One Virginia 2021
Performing Statistics/Art 180
Richmond Feminist Lesbians
Richmond Peace Education Center
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
Virginia Sierra Club
YWCA of Richmond
Rally speakers include:
Beth Marschak, Human Rights Activist, Co-Founder of Richmond Lesbian Feminists
Reverend Melanie Mullen
Rabbi Michael Knopf
Free Egunfemi, Local Historian and Founder and CXO at Untold RVA
Concluding speakers include newly-elected State Senator Jennifer McClellan in partnership with Congressman McEachin.
In addition, for the many citizens who cannot get to DC to march and make a statement on a national level, this march will provide a local platform that is accessible, where area Richmond families and neighbors can march together, where children can march with their parents, and where our voices can create change in our local community together.
In the words of the Women’s March on Washington organizers, “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, demonize 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 the 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 March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration, and 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.”
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