Join the Feminist Majority Foundation Delegation at The Women’s March!

On January 21, women across the country will take to the streets to demand that the U.S. move forward on women’s equality, reproductive rights and healthcare, racial justice, LGBTQ equality, non-violence, economic opportunity and environmental justice—and send a bold message that hatred and intolerance have no place in the United States.

The Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms., has partnered with organizers in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco and will be assembling a feminist delegation for each city’s Women’s March.

Sign up today to march with FMF or volunteer with them on-the-ground.

On President-Elect Donald Trump’s first day in the White House, marches in cities spanning the nation will signal to his administration that feminists—who are the majority—will not sit idly by while he attempts to turn back the clock on the progress we’ve made over the last century.

Join FMF as they make history—and begin resisting on day one.

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms., Managing Editor of Argot Magazine, Feminism Editor at Autostraddle and a Contributing Writer at Everyday Feminism. Her work has also appeared at BuzzFeed, MEL, Mic, BITCH, and Feministing. She stays very zen in L.A. traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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  1. Bonnie Darves says:

    Professions (and confessions) of a reluctant activist in the time of Trump
    Bonnie Darves
    I missed the protests of the 1960s because I was too young. I was on the sidelines of 1970s activism because I was working and trying to get through college. In the 1980s I had young children. In the 1990s I was working a couple of jobs and did little more than sign the occasional petition. I have no excuses for not doing more to support or protect what I believe in, during the aughts and beyond, other than complacency—I am a journalist and I am well read, so I have absolutely no excuses.
    That’s the mea culpa part. And that chapter is over. It ended effective Nov. 9, 2016, when I woke up, read the election results, and first stumbled around in a daze for a few hours, then began fretting, weeping, reeling and railing.
    Sound familiar? Read on. Every day since Nov. 9, 2016, I have bristled at the unfolding diatribe and devastation issuing from the so-called president-elect’s compound. “What in the h _ _ _,” I ask of what remains of the benevolent universe, “is happening to my country?” Each new exhibition of racism and xenophobia, each reactionary rambling, each clear indication of a megalomaniac’s intention to dismantle our democracy and replace it with an authoritarian regime is a body blow. I take particular umbrage, as a healthcare journalist, at the rabid, rancorous push to get rid of the Affordable Care Act—this country’s first achievement in a long-overdue attempt to reduce the ranks of the uninsured and increase access to healthcare—and replace it with “To Be Announced.”
    Last week, I came across the full-page ad in the New York Times sponsored by the grass-roots Refuse Fascism movement that seeks “in the name of humanity,” to disrupt the Trump-Pence regime before it can act on the racist, reactionary and increasingly rabid platform it’s trying to shove down America’s throat. I read every word, twice.
    At first, I squirmed at the term fascism. It’s not in my lexicon. So I read a handful of scholarly summaries (including disputes) on the term. Here’s a short list for which there’s reasonable concurrence:
    Fueled by forcible repression of opposition. Check.
    Characterized by chauvinism and misogyny. Check.
    Commandeered, typically, by a “strongman” whose statements are patently racist and xenophobic. Check.
    Organized by a hierarchy of functions named from the top and sanctioned by the “leader” figure. Check.
    Underpinned by actions to suppress unions, broaden state intervention, and employ technocracy and solidarity to place “productive sectors”—the economy in its entirety, in this case–under regime control. Check and double check.
    Then, this usually mild-mannered suburbanite, and somewhat reluctant and admittedly inexperienced activist signed on and attended the first Refuse Fascism organizing meeting in Seattle. And then I went to work to enlist support for the cause. Next week, I will take to the streets of Washington, D.C. along with what I hope will be tens of thousands of Americans who show up to protest everything the Trump-Pence regime stands for and the inauguration itself.
    Because the stakes are that high. Because the situation is that dire. Because if I value my First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful protest, I have no choice but to wrench myself from the mire of helplessness and hopelessness, stop whining and get moving.

    I hope thousands of women will join us in advance of the Women’s March.
    Ms. Darves is a Kirkland, Wash., journalist and poet.

  2. Eli PaintedCrow says:

    Please share on Saturday

    A Peak at what will be on our Turtle Women Rising website and Facebook

    Manifest Women’s Destiny: An Invitation

    Arising near the end of the War of 1812, Manifest Destiny was the belief that God wanted Americans to inhabit the continent, from California to the Eastern Seaboard. This gave the newcomers a self-proclaimed right to remove the people who already lived there at any cost. During this period Native Americans experienced genocide. Over 3 million people were killed, enslaved, forcefully relocated, tortured and raped. Additionally, Indigenous people experienced biological warfare as many where given blankets diseased with smallpox.
    This “manifest destiny” as it is called was the beginning of the end for our people’s way of life. We continue to struggle with the continued effects of these acts of colonization now embedded in our systems and our lives. Impacting our planet, our communities and the future of our children.

    Turtle Women Rising invites you to participate in this new manifest dedicated to all women.

    This document serves as an invitation and statement of intentions as a written truth for all women ready to stand with us as relatives seeking equality of voice, income, respect and living in safety.

    We Indigenous women from all nations unite to create the vision for women from every homeland. This is an opportunity to speak as one voice, to heal, grow and strengthen our voices as we strive to heal from trauma and pain. We recognize the continuing acts of harm and injustice, instilled by European settlers of the United States, making aware to all that these acts of violence still impact our lives and is now considered a norm by this society, affecting our sisters as well.

    By reclaiming the voice, wisdom and strength that lives within each woman’s heart, we strengthen our minds, bodies, spirits and relationships. Healing ourselves provides us with the ability to unite our family, community and be of service to Mother Earth. Our goal is to build ourselves up so that we may work towards the greater good, leaving Mother Earth better then we found her. Native Americans have been taught that our acts affect the next seven generations that follow. We work to engage in a practice that is free of moral injury, allowing the freedom of the mind to guide us while sharing our expression of truth and power as women.

    The power of love, compassion and forgiveness is the most powerful energy that exists. Amongst Indigenous people, it is at the core of women’s way of living. We commit to planting and growing the seeds of power by standing with other women needing our support and sharing with those interested in walking the Red Road.

    We often retained the voices of our abusers, falsely taking this information as a truth. Thus, the falsehoods became a part of our beliefs about who we are and what we deserve. These thoughts took root, creating deep injury in need of healing. We now seek to find where these wounds live within us and reshape the old rules governed by men’s power over women.
    Unearthing the source of our opinions and choices tells the story of why we make choices that help or hurt us. This work is the responsibility of every woman. To heal ourselves, we look at our life lessons with the scrutiny of a mouse and the eye of an eagle. We set forth to speak truth, setting us free from the lies we accepted and take responsibility for our path.

    We remember the walk of our ancestors who wait patiently in our veins to be healed by us as we heal ourselves. We understand that our healing only strengthens our own voice, heals our ancestors, the Mother and teaches our young women that they matter.

    We claim the right to express ourselves, to feel safe, supported, and believed in times of need. For those paralyzed by circumstances, we claim the right to speak up until they find the strength to speak for themselves. We commit to connect, collaborate, and build a vibration of energy to change those things harmful to our lives. We commit to nurture each other and hold our circle free of judgment. We create a space of support, kindness, understanding and allowing the process to move forward at its own pace. We hold a space free from codependency, addictions, and the power of victim-thinking that plagues our lives enough to immobilize our walk and question our future and value.

    We stand united, growing in numbers to change the face of women’s historical trauma. These abuses are cruel, reinforcing the lineage of a patriarchal system, one designed to weaken the voice of women.

    A commitment is held by any woman agreeing to this manifesto to heal our lives, our family, community and the Mother. We commit to teach, guide, learn from and support women who understand the power of a circle’s voice, to jar the very system that continues to enslave our thoughts, close our hearts, question our knowing and drain our spirit.

    We strive to bring a balance that was once held in many Indigenous communities giving women an equal voice. We claim the voice of truth to expose those who harm women and seek justice for those who disrespectfully invade the space of a women without consent. We proclaim the wellness, strength and wisdom that lives inside each woman and seek to work towards sharing the gifts with we were born. We strive to take the path that best serves our lives. We embrace the circle of women from all walks of life understanding that we are one heartbeat and together everything is possible.

    Please consider this” Manifest Women’s Destiny ” as a statement for the lives of all women and share with others if you agree.

    With much love and respect Turtle Women Rising.
    We wish to continue the growth of TWR and our site will be up soon. We are working hard, appreciate your patience.

    Peace Out

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