Thank you!!!

The Womxn’s March on Seattle organizers would like to give a huge thank you to:

Judkins Park residents and business owners – for opening their neighborhood to the march

International District residents and business owners – for their warm welcome to the march

Bob Barnes and his crew – for tackling the AV needs of the rally speakers

Sal Ponce and IATSE Local 15 – for all their work on the AV for the rally and soapbox speakers

Yin Yu – for holding us accountable and speaking for those who couldn’t

Alyssa Byer, Nora Menkin, and Anna Hull – for going WAY above and beyond in ensuring the Seattle Center portion of the march went smoothly and safely

Chris Swenson and the OED events team – for proving support in getting the permit issued and for working with Metro to do an incredible job of transporting so many people on the day of the march

Karen Simpson, Lillian Simpson and Martha Peterson – for helping make hats

Ramon Villalovos and his security team – for helping to keep us safe

Liz and Tracey Steig – for the sticky dots

Elizabeth Clark – for office supplies

Medical volunteers – for being on call in the event of a medical need

Ham radio operators – for being on hand for communication needs

Casa Latina – for the use of their space for meetings

Seattle Center and staff – for allowing the march to disperse there, for for all their hours meeting and planning with the organizing team

Têt Festival – for their support in the Vietnamese community

Urban Artworks – for generously providing a space and supplies to the Art and Sign team

The Landing at Tyee – for opening its doors to the organizing team’s meetings

Seattle Children’s Theater – for opening its doors to the organizing team’s meetings, and for copiers

Starbucks – for donating coffee and snacks for volunteers, and for allowing families to use their stores and restrooms along the route

District 751 – for printing those beautiful posters 

Tom Douglas Restaurants – for donating water for participants

Georgetown Brewery – for donating water for participants

Cinerama – for opening their doors to breastfeeding mothers

FreemanXP – for the use of tables, chairs, and stanchions

Theo’s Chocolate – for donating chocolate for volunteers

Statement from the Organizers of the Womxn’s March on Seattle

On Saturday, January 21, in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington and over 670 marches worldwide, 200,000 people marched peacefully in support of justice and equity through the streets of Seattle. This is nearly four times the number of people we expected based on Facebook and Eventbrite RSVPs.

Judkins Park reached its 60,000 person capacity by 9:30 a.m. and attendees filled surrounding blocks and overflow areas, waiting along the march route to jump in. The Indigenous Sisters Resistance led the march, some in traditional regalia, in a powerful demonstration of sound, song and prayer. Thousands of marchers had not left Judkins Park by the time the first marchers crossed into Seattle Center around 1 p.m. The route was filled with people from Judkins to Seattle Center for almost three hours, with the last attendees reaching Seattle Center around 4:15 p.m.

The organizers would like to thank:
– Our featured speakers: Washington State Senator Rebecca Saldana, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands Christine Charbonneau, Executive Director of the Chief Sealth Club Colleen Echohawk, and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Project Aneelah Afzali
– Our talented rally performers, Bernadette Bascom and Lindsay Zae Summers
– The incomparable Mistress of Ceremonies, Charmaine Slye
– Our brilliant and inspiring soapbox speakers
– The hundreds of different organizations that partnered with our march to bring their causes to the forefront of this movement
– Our indispensable 800+ volunteers who took on tasks small and large to make the day a success
– The vibrant neighborhoods that lent us their streets and cared for our attendees
– The City of Seattle Office of Economic Development Events Task Force
– The elected officials who marched among the people, sent statements of support, and continue to fight for the disenfranchised
– The bald eagles that led us out of the park and onto the streets
– And finally, we thank YOU, the attendees of this march, for traveling from near and far in bigger numbers than we had ever dreamed of, for remaining peaceful despite long periods of waiting and standing, for showing up for speaking out against injustice and committing to an equitable future for all.

As we regroup to identify next steps in #marchingforward, we remind the world of our core mission, and implore people to let this march be the beginning of the greatest movement toward equity and social justice the world has ever seen. In the days ahead, with the passion of the Womxn’s March fresh in our minds and forever in our memories, we pledge the following: 
– We vow, in our daily lives, to question the status quo; to conscientiously and constantly ask who isn’t at the table; to bring up equity in the most banal situations so that it becomes embedded in our personalities and our souls, regardless of comfort levels and polite dominant culture norms.
– We vow to trust womxn, to lift them up, to lift up people of color, LGBTQI people, and people of other abilities, and trust these people as leaders in this movement, and in our professional lives.
– We vow to value the words, actions and involvement of marginalized people and neighborhoods of color more than we value statements from politicians.
– We vow to be brave in our discussions, and to pursue the intersectionality of our experiences.
– We vow to confront the daunting complexities and subtleties of oppressions with open minds and the promise to believe the oppressed.

In awe and gratitude,

The Womxn’s March on Seattle Organizing Team

 

A Call for memories

Send to womxnsmarchseattle@gmail.com

Hello all you amazing, incredible, passionate, creative, phenomenal people! We’re all still recovering, resting, and processing the remarkable stories, experiences, and memories from yesterday. The organizers of the march would like to make a request while the memories are still fresh in everyone’s minds.

We are collecting PHOTOS, VIDEOS, and STORIES from the day to put up on here on the website: womxnsmarchseattle.wordpress.com. If you have pictures, video footage, or memories/stories from the day that you would like to share with the world, please email them to: womxnsmarchseattle@gmail.com

What were your favorite moments? Did you have an amazing conversation with a stranger? Did you march with your children and grandchildren? Did you see an amazing sign or costume? What moved and inspired you? How are you feeling today, after the fact? What actions do you want to take on next? Please share!

In your email, please include how you would like to be credited so that we can acknowledge the source of all these memories and images.

Look for a new page on the website later this week – everyone can share in the memories together.

And now… we sleep

Senator Patty Murray stands with the Womxn’s March on Seattle

We are pleased to have the support of US Senator Patty Murray as we march for all marginalized people here locally in Seattle. We hope to see you at the rally before the march where you’ll have the opportunity to turn your passion into action by learning about nearly a hundred social justice organizations doing meaningful work in the greater Puget Sound and how you can get involved! We thank Senator Murray for her support #SeaYouAtTheMarch

The mission of the Womxn’s March on Seattle is to provide the resources necessary for people to connect with one another, become accomplices, and work towards equity and social justice in this country.

The organizers of the Womxn’s March on Seattle recognize that this march is a continuation of the work marginalized groups have been fighting for decades, and that this march will also serve as a catalyst for people to get more involved with those communities.

The Silent March

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We ask, “What will effect change?”

The answer, “Silence.”

When a multitude of voices speak, no one is heard. People stop listening. They mistake competing voices for divisiveness. But with silence, we send a unified message.*

We are a varied and diverse group. Each of us marches with our unique intention, personal fears, and deeply felt anger. If we all speak at once, observers will only hear noise; they will not hear the message. They will hear only angst; they will not hear the issues. In silence, we cannot be dismissed as an angry mob, hysterical and illogical. In silence, we will focus our message. Silence compels attention.

The purpose of this march is to channel anger, fear, and desire into action. To funnel our collective energy into supporting, donating to, and volunteering with organizations that have a unified voice.

Yes, we are angry. Yes, we are scared. Yes, we want to enact change. That change does not come from screaming in the streets. It comes through making connections with individuals and organizations that are doing this work, and doing it well. The purpose of this march is to channel anger, fear, and desire into action. To funnel our collective energy into supporting, donating to, and volunteering with organizations that have a unified voice.

During the Womxn’s March on Seattle, our numbers will speak volumes. Our silence will be deafening.

The organizers respectfully request** that participants be silent until your group has passed the last speaker along the route. Then raise your collective voices and chant, sing, and shout all the way to Seattle Center.

For more information on march logistics, please go here.  To read more from the organizers about the silent march, please go here.

*Silent Marches have a long history as effective expressions of non-violent protest. One momentous Silent March was organized by the NAACP in 1917 to protest anti-black violence. In a reflective interview about the event, the President of the NAACP from 2008-2013, Benjamin Todd Jealous, explained:  “When tens of thousands of people march and chant, the focus is on the chant. When tens of thousands of people march and are silent, the focus is on the people. We wanted to make sure that the solemnness, the seriousness of the occasion, came through.”

** Silence is a request, and is by no means a requirement.  This is a free speech event, and participants are constitutionally allowed to say whatever they like.  Please join us.