Berkshires to take part in the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21st

On the day after Inauguration Day, more than a hundred thousand citizens will unite for a peaceful and inclusive Women’s March on Washington, DC. Permits have been issued for the large gathering centered on Independence Ave & Third St SW on January 21, 2017. In solidarity, WAM Theatre and other local volunteers are planning an event in Berkshire County for anyone who is unable to go to DC.

Kristen van Ginhoven and her organization strongly encourages everyone who is able to go to DC and to participate in this event. However, if you can’t go to DC, they are organizing a Berkshire event in support of the national March. (You might want to sign up for their weekly emails at )

The Women’s March take place in Washington on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10 am-2 pm. Locally, it will happen at the Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street in Pittsfield.

There is a local steering committee which includes van Ginhoven, WAM Theatre, and many other community volunteers. A state committee, including Rupal Parmar of Pittsfield, is coordinating efforts with the National team for the DC March. Additional volunteers are welcome to make sure that both events runs smoothly. All of these efforts put the focus on equal rights, for women and for all, are needed now more than ever.

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Official statement: “On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners, families, friends, and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and that of our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim and Jewish, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA, gender fluid, and gender non-conforming, Native and Indigenous people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

“In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

“We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until all women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.”

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