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News from Women’s March Michigan

January 21, 2018

Thousands to celebrate historic Women’s March and bring Power to the Polls

LANSING – On Sunday, January 21, Women’s March Michigan will unite Michiganders a year after the historic Women’s March to bring Power to the Polls. Together we will celebrate the strides we have made so far, and make plans to build our future. Women’s March Michigan recognizes that women make up less than 25% of the legislature in Michigan and that in order for women to be represented in policies, they must run for office. We will be recognizing women running for office in Michigan, on all levels, from all communities, of all political stripes from local school boards to the race for governor. Women running for office can fill out this document if they want to participate and be recognized at the event: :https://goo.gl/forms/81pKQkH2flSLDMIF2

Women’s March Michigan also presents Bridging The Divide, a communication skills training happening before the March. In this two-hour workshop, you will learn about the social and psychological causes of divisiveness, and gain the skills to communicate more effectively and persuasively with people of opposing viewpoints. This workshop requires registration. Space is limited. To register please go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bridging-the-divide-lansing-workshop-tickets-41113373206

WHAT: Women’s March Michigan 2018: Power to the Polls

WHO: The rally speaker line up includes: Nicole Denson, a social justice activist and part of the largest and most successful stand-alone sexual assault program in the state; Jenyce Poindexter, a longtime advocate for transgender rights and part of Equality Michigan; Lilianna Reyes, who has an extensive history working with marginalized populations including people of color, women, LGBTQ communities and HIV-positive communities; Emily Durbin, leader of Moms Demand Action in Michigan; and several others!

WHERE: Michigan Capitol, east steps

WHEN: Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2pm

See the event Facebook page and website for more details.

Full list of speakers:
MC Sumaiya Ahmed Sheikh
Heather Bruegl
The Songbirds
Phoebe Hopps
Fatou-Seydi Sarr
Nicole Denson
Emily Durbin
LaShawn Erby
Gayle Hamilton
Jeynce Poindexter
Chia Morgan
Dizzy Warren
Lilianna Reyes
Sheerin Siddique
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Are you a member of the press? If you would like a Press Pass for Women’s March Michigan 2018: Power to the Polls in Lansing, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/oOKpUFlMxgiN5uw03

Statement from Women's March Michigan
The Women’s March movement is intentionally focused on intersectionality. Like last year, our march will be diverse with members of all races, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations represented. The opinions of our members – and the ways those opinions are expressed – will be just as diverse. Our focus is on showing the world that resistance to the oppression of women is stronger than ever before, and on mobilizing that resistance to change the systems that support that oppression. We are here to listen to women from marginalized communities that are feeling left out of the movement. We encourage daring discussions with people who experience the world and their personhood differently. Women’s March Michigan is excited to experience the conversation around pussyhats as part of that open dialogue.

We look forward to Power to the Polls, engaging with voters, empowering women to run for office, celebrating our successes in 2017, and inspiring those of us fighting in the trenches for justice, in 2018 and beyond.

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