The next day, my friend, Kim and I came up with the name We Are Woman. It was a strange combination of the “We are Legion” slogan and “I am Woman” by Helen Reddy. I found gifted and talented people to work with, and we began planning a national march on Washington, DC for April 28th. I would like to mention that on February 17th, April 28th seemed farther away than it actually was.
Due to the overwhelming response, we are very proud to announce the following changes to the We Are Woman March on Washington, DC:
* We want April 28th to be about the state marches, and do not want to distract from those events. Therefore, we are very pleased to share the new date for the We Are Woman March on Washington, DC, September 16th, 2012. September 16th is also National Women’s Friendship Day, and we couldn’t think of a better way to show the friendship and solidarity that all Americans share than by standing together against the new GOP war on women.
* As you have noticed, we are going back to our original name. We received so much positive feedback regarding We Are Woman; people loved the idea of one woman, one message and of course, the tip of the hat to Helen Reddy. We believe that by going back to the original name, we are also going back to the original message.
* Marching in September also puts us in Washington, DC closer to Election Day. For our message to be heard, we need it to be remembered in November.
The change in dates gives us six months to promote the We Are Woman March, invite dignitaries to volunteer their time and speak, organize our hundreds of volunteers and secure our permits. After what happened recently in Virginia, it is obvious that not having a permit can result in numerous arrests. Is that right? No, of course not, especially because the We Are Woman march is addressing Congress with our grievances, an act explicitly covered in the Constitution. But we’re not taking any chances.
We want to thank everyone who has contacted us over the past 3 weeks, and all our volunteers. We want to thank Mad Mike’s America, the Huffington Post and all other media organizations who are sharing our march.
If we allow the GOP to bulldoze one group, they’ll never stop. This is not just a war on women, it’s a war on everyone who doesn’t fit the narrow description of what an American “should” be: white, Christian, heterosexual, conservative and male. Yes, we’re called the We Are Woman march, but we are not just fighting the war on women. We’re fighting a war that will, if allowed, eventually destroy every minority in this amazing country.
September 16th, 2012. National Women’s Friendship Day and the day the We Are Woman March on Washington, DC will prove, once and for all, that we do not need to conform to the GOP’s version of America in order to BE Americans. Men, women, straight, bi, gay, trans, black, white, Democrat and Republican-we will all suffer if we do not stand shoulder to shoulder and shout “No more!”