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To March or Not to March…that is the question!

To March or Not to March…that is the question!

By Melissa Fierro

Photo c/o Kristi Wright Photography

 

Marchers,

Many of you have reached out, wondering if March On! Texas is sponsoring a Women’s March on Austin 2018. We have discussed this at length over the last few weeks and we have decided the answer is no. And we wanted to share the reasons with you.

The Women’s March 2017 was the largest global march in history and the Austin sister march was the largest protest in Texas history— over 100,000 women (and men) strong.

The Women’s March in Austin. Photo By Mike Holp Photography

The Women’s March was a special moment in time.  It gave hope to others that we were not alone in resistance to the racism, sexism and xenophobia that Trump and members of the alt-right supported. It brought together millions across the globe in a perfect alignment of peace and protest.

But can it be repeated? Or should it be? Our belief is no for several reasons:

  • It was a perfect moment of energy and purpose that is not likely to be recreated. While we love that there are marches taking place around the country and in Texas, March On! feels it is best to let the 2017 Austin March stand as the single largest protest in Texas history.
  • This movement is strong and people have turned their energy to the next steps in the March. Namely, resisting more directly the actions of this administration and working to elect progressive candidates at all levels to effect long term change in our country.
  • Cost and manpower to conduct an event of this type correctly is enormous. Cost alone for the 2017 March was approximately $45,000. Not to mention the six weeks of long days and worried nights. We feel that effort is better directed towards the next steps.

Instead, in conjunction with the national March On sister march organization, we are working on March to the Polls 2018. The national goal is to register one million women to vote prior to the 2018 elections. We will be providing you with information on voter registration events, progressive candidates in Texas and volunteer opportunities for candidates.

But fear not! Want to put feet to pavement? There are intrepid folks out there who are hosting an anniversary Women’s March that you can join! Here are the one’s we know about and we will post on Facebook if we learn about others.

 

Dallas

https://www.facebook.com/events/376274512824608/

 

Houston

https://www.facebook.com/houstonwomensmarch/

 

Fort Worth

https://www.facebook.com/events/331771077231166/

 

Denton

https://www.facebook.com/events/202461976965495/

 

Nacogdoches

https://www.facebook.com/Womens-March-January-20-2018-341941259604698/

 

Brownsville

https://www.facebook.com/events/2048044305442878/

 

Austin area group headed to Dallas march

https://www.facebook.com/events/1984271928460496/

 

Austin Roe V Wade rally

https://www.facebook.com/events/322881921517712/

 

Whatever you do in 2018, make sure to put RESIST and VOTE at the top of your list of resolutions!

Blue wave 2018!

Melissa Fiero

Women’s March on Austin – March On! Texas

Your Actions are Creating Change!

Your Actions are Creating Change!

My Friday just got a little bit brighter when I saw the GOP healthcare bill got tabled. Yay!

The AHCA would have increased premiums, eliminated essential coverage for maternity care (?!?), kicked 24 million people off of their healthcare plans, given a huge tax credit to millionaires and billionaires (who don’t need it), and added an age tax to our senior citizens.  Thank God the Republicans couldn’t pull in the votes!

A big chunk of the reason the repeal and replace bill couldn’t be done was because 25 or so members of the Freedom Caucus felt the bill didn’t go far enough towards eliminating costs and benefits.

But it wasn’t just the extreme right who was against this bill; moderate Republicans were against it too. Why?

Because we are making an impact.

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