“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
– Mission Statement of the Women’s March on Washington and in Minnesota
On January 21, the day after the inauguration, Revs. Jen Crow and Ruth MacKenzie will be heading to Washington D.C. to join the Women’s March on Washington. Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink will be joining the march here in Minnesota. March organizers write: “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.”
Unitarian Universalist churches in the Twin Cities are combining efforts to offer ways for people to participate as well as continue to deepen our racial justice work and calling.
One bus has been secured to go to Washington by Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul. All congregations are welcome to join in, but seating is limited. The cost is $235 for travel and $109 for lodging. All registrants are asked to contribute to a fund to provide scholarships for women of color. UPDATE: As of Jan. 4, all seats on the bus have been reserved.
Pre-training sessions: Those who intend to go to either march are asked to attend one pre-training session that will offer context and breakout sessions on self-defense and de-escalation/interruption.
Thursday, Jan. 5 at First Universalist: potluck at 6 p.m., meeting from 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Unity: potluck at 6 p.m., meeting from 7-9 p.m.
March: Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. A designated meeting place will be announced soon, so we can march together in DC and Minneapolis.
Post-March De-brief: We strongly encourage people to attend the Post-March De-brief and Mobilization Meeting. This meeting will help us extend our efforts beyond the march and challenge us to continue to lean into our racial justice work.
Monday, Feb. 6 at First Universalist: 7-9 p.m.; hosted by Rev. Ashley Horan and Lena Gardner.
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie and Meg Reid are organizing our First Universalist efforts for the March on Washington, and Rev. Elaine is organizing our Minnesota March efforts. Please feel free to email with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.