January 21, 2017, Women’s March on Montpelier and Unity Rally Photos

January 21, 2017, was our Women’s March on Montpelier and Unity Rally. It was a historic day in the movement for human rights.
By coming together, we showed the strength in our Vermont communities and made our powerful voices heard!

 

We have more AMAZING photos of the Women’s March on Montpelier to share with you on our Flickr account.

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Women’s March on Montpelier Art Party Video

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.

Vermont Welcomes National Youth Ambassador for the Women’s March

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.

Kiran Waqar, National Youth Ambassador for the Women’s March“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

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

Art Party Photos

Many hands made great banners, signs, and artwork on Saturday, January 14 for the Women’s March and Unity Rally.

My NBC 5: Vermonters create signs ahead of 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.