As we march on Austin, we are marching in a symbolic joining of hands with all of the sister marches around this country and the world. We march peacefully to send a message loud and clear – a message that is shared by our allies across the globe. Our mission and vision is the same as that of our principal Women’s March on Washington. The following are the national organization’s Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles.
On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. 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. HEAR OUR VOICE.
El 21 de enero de 2017 nos uniremos en Austin, Texas, para solidarizarnos con nuestros socios, niños y comunidad para la protección de nuestros derechos, reconociendo que nuestras comunidades vibrantes y diversas son la fuerza de nuestro país. La Marcha Nacional se llevará a cabo el mismo día en Washington, DC, y otros en la ciudad a través de los Estados Unidos.
En el espíritu de la democracia y honrando a los defensores de los derechos humanos, la dignidad y la justicia que nos han precedido, nos sumamos a la diversidad para mostrar nuestra presencia en números demasiado grandes como para ignorarlos. Las marchas de mujeres que se llevarán a cabo en todo el país el 21 de enero enviarán un audaz mensaje a nuestro nuevo gobierno en su primer día de gobierno y al mundo en el que los derechos de las mujeres son derechos humanos. Estamos unidos, en unidad por los Derechos de la Mujer y los Derechos Humanos.
Women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability. We practice empathy with the intent to learn about the intersecting identities of each other. We will suspend our first judgement and do our best to lead without ego. We follow the principles of Kingian nonviolence, which are defined as follows:
- Principle 1: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is a positive force confronting the forces of injustice and utilizes the righteous indignation and spiritual, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of people as the vital force for change and reconciliation.
- Principle 2: The Beloved Community is the framework for the future. The nonviolent concept is an overall effort to achieve a reconciled world by raising the level of relationships among people to a height where justice prevails and persons attain their full human potential.
- Principle 3: Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil. The nonviolent approach helps one analyze the fundamental conditions, policies and practices of the conflict rather than reacting to one’s opponents or their personalities.
- Principle 4: Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve our goal. Self-chosen suffering is redemptive and helps the movement grow in a spiritual as well as a humanitarian dimension. The moral authority of voluntary suffering for a goal communicates the concern to one’s own friends and community as well as to the opponent.
- Principle 5: Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence. The nonviolent attitude permeates all aspects of the campaign. It provides a mirror type reflection of the reality of the condition to one’s opponent and the community at large. Specific activities must be designed to maintain a high level of spirit and morale during a nonviolent campaign.