Thousands Commit to Boston Women’s March for America
Boston Among 97 Cities Planning Inauguration Day Marches for Justice and Equal Rights
BOSTON, MA, December 19, 2016— Thousands have committed to march in Boston on January 21, 2017 for justice and equal rights. The Boston Women’s March for America (BWMFA) is one of over 100 happening nationwide and internationally inspired by the Women’s March on Washington.
“On January 21, people from around the country will unite in Washington, DC in the spirit of democracy, dignity and justice,” said Yordanos Eyoel, a spokesperson for BWMFA. “As a woman and as someone who recently became a naturalized citizen, I understand how passionate our local communities are about these issues. Many of us will not be able to make it to the march in Washington – but we can come together in our local communities to march for our shared values.”
On the day after the Inauguration, Americans will unite in towns, cities and schools from Boston to Anchorage to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation. Women’s March on Washington, which inspired marches across the country, publishes an international directory of women’s marches on January 21 to help match activists to events.
“We’re excited to be together in solidarity and to send a strong message to our country that we are united as diverse women and allies,” said Bob Bland, a co-chair of Women’s March on Washington. “These national women’s marches are crucial, local ways to show support for this powerful and inclusive movement.”
BWMFA launched as an organic, grassroots effort in response to the massive event planned in Washington, DC. Spearheaded by local activists and organizers, 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.
“Boston is a leader when it comes to progressive causes,” said local activist Mary Wallace, the woman who inspired the Boston march with a Facebook page. “Bostonians are engaged and informed on the issues and challenges we face. It’s no surprise that we’re eager to be heard and to take a stand. As a result, this march may be one of the biggest in Boston’s history.”
Boston Women’s March for America route and event logistics will be announced in the coming days.
About Boston Women’s March for America
On January 21, 2017, we will unite in Boston to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation — among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities. We stand for religious freedom, human rights, climate justice, racial justice, economic justice, and reproductive justice. Together, we will send a message to our leaders, and the world, that the United States of America stands for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination.