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UUWF at the Women’s Convention

UUWF at the Women’s Convention

On January 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States marched in what was considered by The Independent as the largest day of protest in United States history, part of what would eventually become a worldwide movement known as the Women’s March.

In order to continue the momentum of this historic event, the organizers of the Women’s March followed up with the Women’s Convention in Detroit during October 2017, “for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building to continue the preparation going into the 2018 midterm elections.”

Through the support of the Women’s March and the UUWF, as the Vice President / Recruitment and Outreach, I had the honor of attending the Women’s Convention, a gathering of over 5,000 individuals, where some of the key highlights included:

The fantastic art gallery curated by Amplifier, featuring “over 70 United States-based, femme-identifying artists exploring women’s rights, anti-Muslim bigotry, immigration/migration, American identity, [and] prison reform.”

Keynote speeches were presented by Rep. Maxine Waters and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and several other notable national and local activists and organizers. On the last day of the convention, state caucuses were organized to continue to build “better networks to prepare for the work at home,” long after the gathering in Detroit is over.

Lastly, one major highlight for Unitarian Universalists was the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice (MUUSJN) led-panel, Interfaith Reproductive Justice Coalition: How Faith Informs Choice, moderated by Jenny Byer, MUUSJN Reproductive and Economic Justice Organizer.

Following the Women’s Convention, on January 21, 2018, the Women’s March will organize in Las Vegas for Power to the Polls, which aspires to launch a “national voter registration tour” on the anniversary of the historic 2017 Women’s March on Washington. The UUWF has signed up as a partner for this event and encourage our supporters to donate directly to the campaign here.

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