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I have to thank the people who have stepped up over the past week to help organize this, keep me sane and support this event. First and foremost, Mad Mike’s America. From the beginning of this relationship between editor and writer, I have been treated with respect and Mad Mike’s generosity of spirit was never more evident than the day I asked if I could use Mad Mike’s America to promote this message. Without hesitation, he said yes, and he encouraged me, promoted the march and supported me with all his energy and all his talent. Mike, thank you for this, thank you for everything. I expect to see you and your lovely better half in DC on April 28th. No pressure.
My friend, my brother from another mother, Lee Golden. This morning, as I created the Facebook page for The We Are Woman March on Washington, DC, Lee asked if he could be an administrator for the page. As I took less than a second to consider this, I realized that Lee has his own full time job, and is administrator for another page as well as putting together a daily roundup of news and links for a mutual friend and writer. Lee, I love you for your heart and your humor and your tenacity. Thank you for all your help and your friendship.
My family. Wow. Talk about support. My husband is thrilled, even volunteering to create banners for the march. Our 14 year old son is excited, if only because he gets to carry a sign and shout things at Congress. My dad is helping with the National Parks Service, and as a self proclaimed “lefty pinko”, may be convinced to come along on April 28th.
We have been joined by an amazing artist, Jenni Siri, and other activists from around the country. I thought maybe it would be my husband, myself and our son in front of the US Capitol on that Saturday, but I may be wrong about that. Friends are organizing car pools, emailing me and sharing our Facebook page like crazy. I don’t have the words to say thank you.
As a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence, and as someone who knows so many people, male and female, who have survived rape and abuse, it is extremely inspiring to watch this come together. As an exhausted wife, mom and writer, it is also extremely inspiring to have so many gifted and talented people volunteer to help. We can never have enough volunteers, though, so keep the offers coming!
A few days ago, I emailed Gloria Steinem’s assistant, asking for her help and advice. I hope to hear back this week, and if (when) I do, that thump you hear will be falling off my chair. Ms. Steinem was the face and the voice of the Equal Rights Movement, and we would all be incredibly honored if she would lend her extraordinary talent and experience to The We Are Woman March.
About the name. My friend, Kim Irvin and I were trying to come up with something that really spoke to what this was. We thought about using “We Are Warriors” but there are so many groups with warrior in the title already. I went back to the drawing board, and remembered the slogan “We Are Legion.” A little scary, yes, but it made a point. I listened to “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy, and BAM, it fell into place. We Are Woman.
From the beginning, the focus of the March on Washington DC has been about unity. The name We Are Woman was thought up as a starting point, a hub, so to speak. As we grew in numbers, and as our energy increased by leaps and bounds, we realized that there were other groups, other women shouting and organizing and we needed one cohesive name. Thus, We Are Woman became Unite Against the War on Women: Washington DC March. The date, April 28th, 2012, has not changed, the organizers have not changed, the amazing warriors dedicated to fighting the new GOP have not changed; in face, we have multiplied a thousand times over.
We have a Facebook page and a website, we have literally hundreds of volunteers, and we have thousands of women ready to stand, shoulder to shoulder on April 28th in our nation’s capital and say “No more!” We are warriors, indeed, and we are United Against the War on Women. If you would like to RSVP, volunteer or just stop in and cheer us on, here are the links to our Facebook page and website.
We will win this battle, because we are women, we are powerful and we are United.