One week ago today, women took over the world in diversity and unification to stand up for women’s rights in the Women’s March on Washington. On January 21, 2017, we marched because, in the words of the organizers, we know that women’s rights are human rights, and that women – including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women – must be free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.
We marched because we believe in wage equality, environmental justice, to protect rights to our bodies, and to speak out against objectification. We marched to get a better understanding about how our intersecting identities allow us to empathize with one another. We marched because we understand that we must seed innovative approaches that mobilize people of every gender identity and expression as advocates, and acknowledge that by uplifting and recognizing women leaders of all different backgrounds in this movement, everyone benefits.
This march was not just a moment, but the continuation of a movement that has been in motion for the greater part of history. Movements do not happen overnight, but they are built by actual people. Loa wants to extend gratitude to a number of groups in the following of this march:
- The organizers, whether they were local, regional, or national, that made this inspiring display of unity possible.
- Sisters and brothers who are organizing for human rights all throughout the world.
- Every person who participated in the march, whether it be in spirit or physically.
- Those who have marched before and fought tirelessly to help secure the rights that we now enjoy.
Loa commits our company to marching – be it physically or by utilizing our resources – until women have equality and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We commit ourselves to profiling changemakers, building a community that supports activists and those committed to standing up for injustices, and inspiring others to work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
We are blown away by the conversations we have had with individuals who have committed themselves to taking action in their own unique ways. Are you asking yourself what you can do after participating in the march? Here are a few ideas, and please contribute your own ideas in our comment section:
- You can commit yourself to the Women’s March platform of taking these 10 actions over the next 100 days.
- If you are a white person that wants to use your privilege to help put an end to racial injustice, see if you can find a local chapter of Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) in your area. If there is not a local chapter, read the content on SURJ’s site.
- Check out the Independent’s “Keeping Santa Barbara Great” piece which lists social and environmental organizations that you should donate your time or funds towards, such as CAUSE, Fund for Santa Barbara, or Community Environmental Council, and Planned Parenthood.
In these anxious times, it has never been more important to stand in solidarity – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. The time is now to advance an intersectional movement towards liberation for all, especially for women, the environment, immigrants, those with disabilities, those of all sexual and gender identities, people of color, and those of all religious expressions.
Remember, the march was a moment in the continuation of a movement that has been in motion for the better part of history. Engage where you feel called. Thank you for making history and doing your part to spread love, and build a better word.
Much love to each and every one of you.