There was a place for every person on this collective art project that created art, banners, and signage for the Women’s March on Montpelier and Unity Rally. It was like and an artistic potluck with many hands painting on cloth and cardboard and stitching on fabric with multiple colors. Brothers and sisters working side-by-side are just magical.
One of our very own Vermont marchers has been chosen as a National Youth Ambassador for the Women’s March’s across the country. Kiran Waqar is one of the 29 girls in this position, and we are thrilled to have her here in Vermont for our March on Montpelier January 21st.
The Women’s March on Washington (WMW) is proud to launch its WMW Youth Ambassador program specifically targeting the activism, interests and unique perspectives of our child, adolescent, and teenage populations.
“I wanted to get involved with the Women’s March for many reasons. I know the current political climate and everything happening in the world — it’s especially important to take action. I knew that the Women’s March was going to make a change and start a conversation and it’s imperative that youths get involved. We are the next generation, and if we don’t get involved now, we may be stuck with a world we don’t believe in. I got involved with the Woman’s March because I know it’s my chance to amplify my voice for something I believe in.” — Kiran Waqar
You can catch Kiran performing with the Muslim Girls Making Change during the Unity Rally.
Muslim Girls Making Change (MGMC) is a youth-led group created by Hawa Adam, Kiran Waqar, Lena Ginawi, and Balkisa Abdikadir. They are dedicated to social justice through poetry. Since forming these girls have competed at international levels, done shows all around Vermont, and have made a real difference. You can learn more about them at their website: muslimgirlsmakingchange.weebly.com
Many hands made great banners, signs, and artwork on Saturday, January 14 for the Women’s March and Unity Rally.
My NBC 5, Jauary14, 2017: http://www.mynbc5.com/article/vermonters-create-signs-ahead-of-women-s-march-and-unity-rally/8599745
Just one week ahead of the Women’s March and Unity Rally in Montpelier, Vermonters gathers in Burlington to create banners, signs and artwork. For some, the rally represents a show of resistance toward the incoming administration of Republican President-elect Donald Trump.
“We’re not just going to sit by idly and let all the progress we’ve made for women, health care, race relations, economic equity, you name it,” Wendy Hess, who is going to the march in the District of Columbia, said. “We aren’t going back 10 or 15 years, we are going forward.”
For others, seeing how many people are going together to rally gives hope for a brighter future.
“We really see this as a time to set a road for people coming together, organizations, for the next 4 years,” organizer Bonnie Acker said. “It’s about justice, equality, inclusion, and a safety net for all. Everyone has a voice. How do we get those voices together?”
The Vermont Women’s March and Unity Rally is next Saturday in Montpelier. Organizers describe it as a march for parity, equality and justice for all women, and a rally for social, economic and environmental justice for all.
Watch WCAX’s news coverage and see Vermonter’s create signs for the Women’s March on Montpelier.
It didn’t take long for organizers to begin planning protests against Donald Trump after his election. One of the largest movements has been sparked by an online campaign and calling for crafty creations to make a statement.
There’s a project calling for custom-made hats to be worn the weekend of Trump’s inauguration. Organizers are using a typically unpopular color to get attention.
Yarn stores around the state may be filled with lots of colors, but one has been selling a lot more than others. Watch WCAX’s news coverage to learn “Why pink yarn is flying off the shelves in Vermont”.