Three day weekend of activism Jan 19-21 Womxn’s March on Seattle

Sunday, January 13, 2019


Womxn’s March on Seattle anniversary events January 19 -20; MLK March and Day of Service January 21

On the third anniversary of the Womxn’s March on Seattle, organizers have planned three days of activism, including rallies, marches, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and more.

The events on January 19 and 20 are being organized by Seattle Womxn Marching Forward, the Seattle chapter of the Women’s March. These womxn organized the Womxn’s March on Seattle in January of 2017 and last year’s official anniversary event, Womxn Act on Seattle.

Events on January 21 are organized by the Martin Luther King Day Organizing Coalition. Both organizing groups have worked collaboratively to build positive, complementary events.

January 19: Womxn’s March on Seattle 2019: Building Power
  • 9 a.m. rally at Cal Anderson Park
  • 10:30 a.m. Womxn’s March from Cal Anderson to Seattle Center
  • 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Seattle Center events
January 20: Womxn’s March Day of Action
  • 9:30 a.m. start time for Womxn’s March Day of Action and Food Drive, taking place at Hubs around the city
  • 2 p.m. MLK Day Kickoff Youth Celebration Hip Hop Party at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
  • 4 p.m. deadline to drop off Food Lifeline donations at Hubs
January 21: Martin Luther King Day
  • 8:30 a.m. start time for events celebrating MLK Day at Garfield High School
  • 12:30 p.m. Womxn’s March contingent joins MLK Day March in progress at 22nd and Jackson 
Womxn’s March on Seattle 2019: Building Power
The anniversary weekend programming kicks off on January 19 with a 9 a.m. rally at Cal Anderson Park.

The Womxn’s March will start immediately following the rally between 10 – 10:30 a.m. In keeping with the last two years, the march will be led by Indigenous womxn. The route will take marchers from Cal Anderson Park to Seattle Center. A detailed march route will be published the week before the march and sanctioned entry and exit points will be published as soon as they are identified.

As they arrive at Seattle Center, Seattle Womxn Marching Forward has organized nearly a dozen panels led by speakers from diverse and dedicated communities. Topics include: #MeToo, homelessness, youth activism, womxn of color candidates, personal stories of indigenous womxn, disability justice, womxn's health, immigrants and refugees, art in activism, and trans advocacy.

Events at Seattle Center begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Details about panel locations and exact timing will be published on the Seattle Womxn Marching Forward website and in Real Change newspapers.

Womxn’s March Day of Action
On Sunday, January 20, Seattle Womxn Marching Forward presents the second annual Womxn’s March Day of Action, a day of learning, educating, healing, and community-building in neighborhoods all around the city. 

Currently, programming is planned at the following five hub locations. Programming details are not yet finalized, and more locations may be added.
  • Phinney Neighborhood Association
  • The Riveter Capitol Hill
  • Plymouth Church Seattle
  • Casa Latina
  • Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
At each of these events, local leaders, teachers, and activists will share their expertise with attendees seeking to make new connections, uncover new truths, and deepen their understanding of marginalized communities and systemic oppression.

Partnerships for Building Power

Seattle Womxn Marching Forward is partnering closely with a number of nonprofits and grassroots groups on the anniversary weekend. Recognizing early in the planning process that the Womxn’s March anniversary would fall on Martin Luther King Day weekend, Seattle Womxn Marching Forward reached out to the organizing committee for the MLK Day events. Both teams have worked in close collaboration and will offer complementary programming.

For the second year in a row, Seattle Womxn Marching Forward will partner with Food Lifeline and Seattle Indivisible to collect food and sundries at Hub locations on January 20. Please bring your non-perishable goods to each Hub by 4 p.m. Last year, Hub attendees donated almost one metric ton of food.

A detailed schedule of all the Womxn’s March and MLK Day events will be published in the January 16th edition of Real Change. These newspapers will be available to purchase from every Real Change vendor one week prior to the march. Vendors will also attend the march. Programming details also will be available online.

Since 2017 Seattle Womxn Marching Forward has organized several major events, including the volunteer-centered Community Convergence and last year's Womxn Act on Seattle,. They work with local, regional, and national coalitions to bring attention and awareness to issues of iniquity and injustice. Seattle Womxn Marching Forward is fiscally sponsored by Seattle-based nonprofit, Reel Grrls.



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