It is our goal to mobilize Illinois at the grassroots level and help as many marchers as we can make it to Washington, D.C., to march peacefully and make their voices heard.
Our vision and Mission
The Women’s March on Washington, scheduled for January 21st, 2017, in Washington D.C., began in response to the divisive rhetoric of the past election cycle. We realize that our rights are severely threatened and hard-earned progress in civil rights for women, people of color, immigrants, religious minorities, the disabled, the LGBTQIA community, and many other vulnerable groups, is in danger of being erased. We stand in solidarity with our partners, children, and allies for the protection and in defense of our rights, our safety, and our individual voices.
As the Illinois organizers for the March, we continue in our state’s proud tradition of progressive activism, and invite all women and our allies to join this national effort and turn fear into direct, positive action by demanding protection of civil rights for all Americans. It is our vision that the Women’s March on Washington will be a springboard for action and will galvanize the hundreds of thousands of marchers to return to their local communities and participate in a multitude of local efforts directed at positive social change.
We recognize that our diverse and vibrant communities are the strength of our nation. With that in mind, the Illinois organizers actively seek to make our community representative of this diversity and a platform to champion the voices of those most marginalized among us. It is our goal to coordinate and facilitate the participation of as many Illinois marchers in the March as we can. We strive to build a diverse network of community partners and allies, statewide and locally, with the goal of connecting our community members, to resources, individuals, and organizations, that can help forge lasting alliances of solidarity and partnership.
We celebrate our grassroots origins. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
What We've Accomplished thus far
- We have buses mobilized throughout the state of Illinois, headed to D.C. The vast majority of these buses are driving through the night on Friday, January 20th, for marchers to attend the march on the 21st, and head back to Illinois the same day (reaching early morning on the 22nd).
- We have several sponsored buses through our partner organizations and the hard work of some individuals who have spearheaded independent fundraising campaigns to help marchers in need to get to D.C.
- We are partnering with several organizations in Illinois to not only ensure that diverse voices are included in our campaign, but also to create a network of community allies for our marchers.
- We have had several events on our 'Empowerment Tour' - providing opportunities for marchers to meet each other, share their powerful stories, and learn more about the march.