FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/14/2019
Thousands expected to participate in the Chattanooga Women’s March Rally on January 19th
Chattanooga Women’s March 2019 Public Information Officers
The 2019 Chattanooga Women’s March will be held on January 19th. We’ll gather at Coolidge Park starting at 11:00 am. the rally will open with speakers and performers, and throughout the event will have music, tables for local women-run businesses, and organizations with information specific to women and women's issues.
Details on our website: http://www.chattanoogawomensmarch.com
Volunteer Form - https://goo.gl/forms/UkbrwCPXOvXIQYWn2
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Quote from Maria Smith, one of the March's organizers: "I hope to use my voice, along with the collective voice of others, to bring about change. I can not remain silent when others are being oppressed."
Quote from Jean-Marie Lawrence, this year's March Chairwoman: "I dissent because I'm tired of watching disabled women be ignored. I'm tired of diversity forgetting disability. I dissent because I can't wait for someone else to do it for me. I have to stand up for myself and for other marginalized women facing the same barriers."
Quote from Jude Afolake Olubudun, one of the March's organizers and rally speaker: "I dissent because, as a black woman, I am sick and tired of watching as we cry out in pain and our cries fall silently upon those with alleged good intentions. I dissent because I cannot sit one moment longer and watch systematic and social dehumanization of the black woman. I dissent so one day our children won't have to."
From organizer Ginger Moss, "I dissent today to say Transgender rights are human rights. Rights are being stripped away at both the state and federal level, especially with executive orders. Hate crimes against the LGBTQIA+ community have risen over 17% since 2015 because of the rhetoric coming out of the White House. #TransIsBeuatiful."
From one of our participants, Stephanie R Lester-Lee: “I will be marching because I have seen a rollback in women’s rights over the last year. My goal is to stand next to my sisters and raise my voice against what is happening in this country.”
The theme for the 2019 Chattanooga Women's March is "WE Dissent" in honor of the work Ruth Bader Ginsburg has done to protect the rights of women, and to proclaim that we do not agree with the choices our government leaders are making.
For the last two years Chattanooga has joined with other cities across the nation and throughout the world in resisting hate, giving voice to women's rights, and intentionally lifting up the voices of marginalized women. This year we will do more. This year we will not only resist and raise our voices, we will celebrate the triumphs we have made and make actionable plans for the future - a future full of possibilities for ALL women.
Contact the Chattanooga Women’s March 2019 Public Information Officers for any additional media inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org