Hundreds of activists gathered in Washington D.C. over the weekend to take part of the #MarchForBlackWomen, which was held to bring raise awareness around the frequently overlooked issues black women face.
According to the organization's website, the march serves as a catalyst to “denounce the propagation of state-violence and the widespread incarceration of Black women and girls, rape and all sexualized violence, the murders and brutalization of transwomen and the disappearances of our girls from our streets, our schools and our homes."
We also demand that our political hopefuls focus on intersectional women’s rights concerns like poverty, affordable housing, reproductive rights, immigration protections and center the most vulnerable. #MarchForBlackWomen #M4BW #BlackWomenRise with #OneVote— BlackWomensBlueprint (@BlackWomensBP) September 7, 2018
Founded by Black Women’s Blueprint, the group partnered with other groups like BYP100 and Trans Sistas of Color Project to bring awareness and change to the intersection of feminism, which includes black women from every subgroup.
We’re proud to join and sponsor #M4BW today. There is no racial justice without gender justice, & there is no gender justice without racial justice. At the heart of this is justice for Black women. Here’s everything you need to know to join: https://t.co/shjqivatFQ @BlackWomensBP— YWCA USA (@YWCAUSA) September 29, 2018
This weekend we invite you to join us at the March for Black Women this weekend. Co-President @tamikadmallory released this open letter urging all women to take action. #MarchforBlackWomen pic.twitter.com/NOySxmLd2j— Women's March (@womensmarch) September 26, 2018
Anita Hill sends this message: “All of you at the #MarchForBlackWomen, every brave soul who is marching in Washington today: I believe you. You are survivors and now you are mighty warriors!” #StandWithBlackWomen #BelieveSurvivors— Planned Parenthood (@PPMW_DC) September 29, 2018
“We are marching to say that black women’s lives matter, that black mamas matter, and to call for an end to systems and policies that deny our dignity, from bans on abortion coverage to mass incarceration,” event co-chair Monica Raye Simpson told NBC 4.
Open to all, the March for Black Women grew to be something even bigger when it converged with the March for Racial Justice. Although the two marches started their actions at different times, they met up before heading to the U.S. Department of Justice headquarters and the National Mall.
As black women, we are loudly proclaiming and fighting for gender and racial equity! It’s our turn to speak! It’s our turn to be heard! #MarchforBlackWomen #M4BW #BlackWomenRise #OneVote #DMV pic.twitter.com/UZxc1GWBu7— WokeWomanistInDC (@jesshdgiles) September 29, 2018
“Our March is not only a mass mobilization centered on Black women," the march's website reads. "But a reminder to every single one of us that so long as Black women are killed by the cops; so long as Black women are taken or go missing; so long as we are raped by friends or by strangers or by nationally renown predators ― there can be NO JUSTICE.”
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