The Women’s March on Washington couldn’t have picked a better starting point: the corner of Independence Avenue and Third Street West. This Saturday at least 200,000 people will come together in front of the Capitol in D.C. to march with a message championing human rights, dignity and justice.
And 616 sister marches (including 26 in Canada!) will step out in solidarity—with as many as 1.3 million people in cities all over the world taking part in the day’s demonstrations.
To find out the many reasons why women are marching, FLARE reached out to women participating in marches across Canada, as well as in Washington, DC. Here are their stories.
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Rosalee Averin, Marching in Calgary
“For me, this march is less a response to one person and the U.S. inauguration, and more a speaking back at and standing up against a long history of oppression aimed at black, indigenous, racialized, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse and disabled peoples on a global scale. It’s about recognizing who the systems that govern us were built for, and ways to dismantle, then reimagine those systems in an intersectional way. As a black, biracial woman, the forces of white nationalism, white supremacy and racial capitalism are ones I feel daily, so on Saturday I will be standing in solidarity with marginalized and oppressed communities and privileged folks in support of social, gender, racial and economic justice. May we find a way forward together.” —Rosalee Averin
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