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Rev. Mariama White-Hammond to present at the Boston Women’s March for America

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond was born in Boston, MA in 1979. The child of two preacher-doctors, Mariama grew up with an understanding that God calls us all to serve our fellow man. Mariama’s activism began in high school and continued at Stanford University where Mariama was involved in campus politics and in the arts. She majored in International Relations, studied abroad in Chile, and focused on the political and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean in the aftermath of dictatorships and/or civil wars.

In September 2001 Mariama became the Executive Director of Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past – History, Organizing and Power), an organization she had been involved with the organization since high school. Project HIP-HOP is a youth-led that engages young people in critical thinking, artistic production and community organizing. At PHH, Mariama used the arts as a tool to raise awareness about social issues and help young people to find their voice and share their ideas with the world. She taught young people to draw on the history of their ancestors for wisdom and strength. During her time there, the organization performed for Mayor Walsh, Governor Patrick as well as in the streets of Roxbury, Chinatown, East Boston and throughout the city.

For her work in the non-profit sector Mariama has received numerous awards including the Barr Fellowship, the Celtics Heroes Among Us, The Roxbury Founders Day Award and the Boston NAACP Image award. In June 2014, Mariama stepped down as Executive Director to focus on her work within the church. She continues to serve the Boston community as a board member of FOCUS, Inc. (affordable housing) and UP Academy in South Boston & Dorchester (elementary and middle school). She serves in an Advisory role to ArtsEmerson, Green The Church, and Right to the City Boston VOTE!

Mariama is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She serves on the ministerial staff at Bethel AME Church in Boston and is a Masters of Divinity Candidates at Boston University School of Theology. She serves as a Ecological Justice Minister at Bethel AME Church and as a member of the leadership team of Mass Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action. Her goal is to challenge the Christian church to embrace a more radical understanding of the life and mission of Jesus Christ. She believes that the church must be responsive to issues like street violence, mass incarceration, climate change, AIDS, food security, and human rights.

 

PHOTO: Ashley
Boston Hip Hop Peace + Unity Fest ’07
With De La Soul + Slick Rick at City Hall Plaza, 2007

Champion of the rights of low-wage workers Roxana Rivera to speak at the Boston Women’s March for America

Roxana Rivera has been organizing low-wage workers for over twenty years, fighting for workers’ rights and justice for immigrants. She has been a part of and led hunger strikes and strikes in California and New England, including those part of the historic Justice for Janitors struggle in the 1990s.

After nearly a decade with Local 615 driving member engagement work and leading the commercial division, Rivera was appointed by 32BJ President Hector Figueroa to head up New England District 615. The district represents 18,000 janitors, security officers, and workers in higher education across New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and is part of 32BJ, which has over 145,000 members in eleven states and Washington DC.

PHOTO:Chase Carter
Janitorial Workers of Capital Properties Protest, 2012

Nkosi Nkululeko, award-winning poet, will perform at the Boston Women’s March

The March is thrilled to announce that poet Nkosi Nkululeko, a Callaloo Fellow, will be performing at the March.

Nkosi is multi-nominated for Best of the Net, as well as nominated for the Independent Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. He is affiliated with the I Sell The Shadow collective, for which he has performed in venues for The United Nations and in Copenhagen, Denmark for the Women’s Deliver conference.

Nkosi is a featured speaker on TEDxNewYork in 2016 and a finalist for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Awards for Poetry. His work can be found in [PANK] Magazine, VINYL, No Token, and other publications. He lives in Harlem, New York.

Learn more about him on his Facebook page.

 

Senator Warren, AG Healey, Mayor Walsh, Local Advocates to Join Boston March for Justice and Equal Rights

Boston Women’s March for America Confirms March Program, Back Bay Route

BOSTON, MA, January 11, 2017— Boston Women’s March for America organizers today announced that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh are among the speakers who will launch the January 21st march.

The Boston Women’s March for America is one of over 300 happening nationwide and internationally inspired by the Women’s March on Washington. On the day after the Inauguration, Americans will unite in towns, cities and schools from Boston to Anchorage to send a message to our leaders and the world that the United States of America stands for values of human dignity, equal rights and freedom from discrimination.

Senator Elizabeth Warren“I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with women and people of all backgrounds from across Massachusetts at the Boston Women’s March for America,” said Senator Warren. “This gathering is a chance for us to come together to make clear that we believe in basic dignity, respect, and equal rights for every person in this country, and that we are committed to fighting back against bigotry in all its forms.”

“We need to act to build on and protect the progress we’ve made in our communities, throughout Massachusetts and across the nation,” said Attorney General Healey. “I’m thrilled to stand with the people in this historic march for our shared values and priorities.”

“I am proud to join people in Boston and across the country as we stand up and march for our values, liberties and freedoms from discrimination. Boston has been and will continue to be a city that is open and inclusive to all, it is part of who we are and what we stand for,” said Mayor Walsh. “The Boston Women’s March for America embodies our fundamental belief of freedom and equality for all, and it puts a stake in the ground saying that we will not compromise our values. Together we will defend our friends, neighbors, and family members from any and all efforts to exclude them, harm them, or strip them of their rights.”

More than 25,000 people will gather at 11am on the Boston Common near the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets for the speaking program. In addition to Senator Warren, Attorney General Healey and Mayor Walsh, marchers will hear from local advocates who reflect Boston Women’s March for America core values and mission statement, including human rights, religious freedom, racial justice, reproductive rights, economic justice, and climate change.

Immediately following the speaking program, the March will proceed on a one-mile route to Commonwealth Avenue, turning at Clarendon Street and looping back to Boston Common. March organizers are working closely with the City of Boston, Boston Transportation Department, and local businesses and neighbors to accommodate participants including over 80 community partners.

Boston Women’s March for America launched as an organic, grassroots effort in response to the massive event planned in Washington, DC. Spearheaded by local activists and organizers and sponsored by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, the March will bring together people across Massachusetts and throughout New England, particularly women of all backgrounds, races, religions, ages and abilities, as well as communities of immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA. While led by women, March organizers say all are welcome to attend.

PHOTO: Jacqueline
Senator Elizabeth Warren

Giselle Sterling, Commissioner of Veterans’ Services for the City of Boston, to participate in the Boston Women’s March for America

Commissioner of Veterans’ Services for the City of Boston, Giselle Sterling  is the first Latina and first woman to hold this position. Sterling has served as interim Commissioner for the department since January 16, 2015.

Sterling joined the City of Boston as a Community Relations Specialist in March 2012. Prior to that Sterling served in the United States Marine Corps. In 2000 she completed basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina and was soon after trained as a Field Radio Operator with deployments to Kandahar, Afghanistan; the Philippines; Guam; Diego Garcia and Okinawa, Japan. Giselle was honorably discharged in 2004 and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

She also previously worked as a Special Event Coordinator for El Mundo Newspaper, and as a Charitable Campaign Coordinator for Action For Boston Community Development, Inc.

The first daughter to be born in the United States to Dominican parents, Sterling is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and resides in Boston’s historic North End.

 

PHOTO: MK Feeney
Old North Church Memorial Garden
These nameless dog tags represent the fallen heroes
of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

 

Ready to March

On January 21, 2017, we will unite in Boston to march in solidarity with over 100 simultaneous women’s marches across the country and the world. Inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, the Boston Women’s March for America (BWMFA) stands with our sister events, partners and children for the protection of our rights, safety, liberty and families.
We are rooted in a belief that women’s rights are human rights and that vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. The march is a first step in uniting our communities and to empower grassroots change. We will work peacefully to send a bold message to our elected leaders. This will be a peaceful, nonpartisan event.