We’re still marching!

January 21, 2018 is the first anniversary of the worldwide Women’s March, which galvanized grassroots opposition to the Trump administration and advocated policies regarding women’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare, environmental issues and LGBTQ rights. In this past year, efforts to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act have been beaten back, 13 women were elected to the Virginia state legislature, and more than 350 women are running or planning to run for the U.S. Congress. Here in Charlotte, the first African American woman has been the elected mayor. With the emergence of the #MeToo movement, charges of workplace sexual harassment and abuse continue to force the resignations of powerful men in the private and political arenas.

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Yet much work remains to be done. We are all too aware of the dangers resulting from the passage of the tax reform which will undoubtedly result in more income inequality, the revocation of net neutrality and regulations put into place to guard the safety of our air and water. The status of the Dreamers still remains uncertain. These are only a few of the issues that affect us all.

Our voices will not be silenced. Our efforts must not flag. The stakes are too high. Gather with your sisters to celebrate last year’s historic march by attending Remarchable Women, the March on Charlotte anniversary event, Saturday, January 20th.  Beginning with a Speakers Forum at 10:00 a.m. in First Ward Park, the March will head out from there at noon and end at Romare Bearden Park. For more info on the Remarchable Women event click here or to register to attend click here.

Who we are and how it all started….

Charlottewomensmarch.org is the website of the non-profit Charlotte Women’s March organization.  Designed to aggregate the local, state and federal initiatives and actions in our area, we encourage you to interact with our site and visit often as we evaluate policy and its impact on our communities.

How did it all begin? The story is one of synergy–those women who traveled to Washington DC on January 22, 2017 and those women and men and children who marched in Charlotte.

img_4789The handful of women who decided to hold a Women’s March on Charlotte the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration thought a few thousand people might join them. But in a stunning demonstration of solidarity with marchers around the world, according to police estimates some 25,000-30,000 women and men, many with children in hand, marched peaceably and joyfully together through the streets of Charlotte.

At the same time, the Charlotte women returning  home on their bus from the Washington, DC march talked about their experiences and what had occurred in their home town. They knew they wanted to keep the momentum going.

The result was the first meeting of Charlotte Women’s March, an organization created to harness the energy unleashed at the marches and put it into action. And once again, the turnout was stunning. Charlotte’s spacious McColl Center for Art + Innovation was filled to capacity. Those who were at the February 7 meeting broke into interest groups and began to define their goals and action steps.

The Women’s March of 2017 has galvanized us to follow issues that matter. To offer our view of what our political leaders and representatives are doing in leading our country. To raise our voices in either support or resistance. We acknowledge that not all women will agree on every issue.  But we seek to offer more daylight on ALL issues, and let our members decide. We offer a platform for discussion and notification of local action. We encourage you to follow us through this blog and on social media. We encourage you to join our mailing list, and become a member of charlottewomensmarch. We encourage you to engage and contribute your comments. We encourage you to share our organization with friends and family. We encourage you to keep marching…digitally and physically. We have found our voices. We march on.