Sunday, Mar 10, 3pm Niagara Square   #womenswave #UnitetheStruggles

What: The Women’s March – Buffalo/WNY, organized by the WNY Peace Center, brings together the public and 70 like-minded groups and to stand & march together to support women and women’s rights; to pursue local goals; and to oppose all forms of oppression. Local goals on addendum below.

Where/When: Niagara Square. Rally starts at 3pm with community women leaders, music, and girls’ groups; followed by a march (route described below, & map attached) and closing with a couple of men speakers and Indigenous closing. Est end time 4:45pm. (See additional events for Thurs & Sun below cosponsors.)

Of note: In the event of extremely bad weather, the program will be abbreviated but not canceled.

Who: Organized by WNY Peace Center, with Riverside Salem and so far 70 groups co-sponsoring:

1199SEIU, WNY Area Labor Federation,AFL-CIOActivists of Buffalo, Anonymous for the Voiceless WNY, Bee Social, Black Love Resisting in the Rust, Brothers Doing Better, Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers, @Buffalo State Center for Health and Social Research, Burning BooksBury The Violence, Center for Inquiry WNY, CEJ BuffaloCommunity Health Worker Network of BuffaloCitizen Action Of Western New York, Confident Girl Mentoring Program, Daughters of Creative Sound, The Buffalo DegenderettesEl Buen Amigo & LACA Non-ProfitFood For All, Girls Inspire, Global Justice Ecology Project, Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc., Hispanic Women’s League, Inclusive Theater of Western New York, Ismail & CompanyIndigenous Women’s Initiatives, Interfaith Peace Network, Jewish Voice for Peace Buffalo/WNY, Just Resisting Buffalo- JRLeague of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara, Inc., Muslim Public Affairs Council, NAACP Buffalo Branch, Nekanesakt/ Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence WNY, Open Buffalo, @Organize for Action WNY, NYSUT SRPsNew York Civil Liberties Union – NYCLUPeace Action – Canisius CollegePeace Action New York State, Peacejam Buffalo, Poor People’s Campaign- WNYPlanned Parenthood of Central and Western New YorkPush BuffaloPretty As A Daisy Mentoring & Enrichment ProgramRahamaRiverside Salem Environmental CottageScience Demands Action – Buffalo March for Science, @Sierra Club Niagara Group, Sister District for Western New York, a NYPAN ChapterStandUp WNYStopthe ViolencecoalitionStronger Together WNY, Corp. – Action Together NetworkThe Subversive Theatre Collective, Survivor Activists of Domestic Violence, UB Gender InstituteUjimaUnite by Night, Veterans for Peace #128, We Are Women Warriors, WNY Coalition of Peace-Justice-Nonviolence Advocates, @Women against violence Everywhere (WAVE), We Exist Coalition- Buffalo NY, Wild Spirit EducationWNY Media NetworkWNY Resistance Revival ChorusWNY Women’s Foundation, (WNY Peace Center).

Many thanks to our 70 wonderful, compassionate, creative, and persistent cosponsors!

Facebook event page for the local march: Women’s March – Buffalo/WNY.
There’s already >500 going just per Facebook. The program including speakers and youth groups can also be found on the Facebook page, as well as on our website at wnypeace.org

Also:

  • Sign-Making at 5:30-6:30pm on Thurs, 3/7, at 1272 Delaware Ave (entrance & parking round back by building; and

Why: We are uniting our struggles with a women’s wave that will focus on channeling the energy and activism of the Women’s March into attaining local goals in 2019. 

We seek unite our struggles and build a movement in which we will register new voters, engage impacted communities, harness our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values, and collaborate with our partners to elect more women and progressives candidates to office. The coordinated campaign will build upon Women’s March’s ongoing work uplifting the voices and campaigns of the nation’s most marginalized communities to create transformative social and political change.

wnypeace.org

LOCAL GOALS

WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT:
– Women on the Common Council
– Increased voter registration – and especially for women
– Buffalo as a CEDAW city (see above)

WOMEN’S RIGHT TO EQUALITY IN BUSINESS, ORGANIZATIONS AND THE WORKPLACE:
– Increased leadership within businesses, organizations and the workplace
– Pay parity for women
– Ensuring that jobs that are primarily staffed by women such as home health care, day care, etc., receive fair pay, full respect, and safe working conditions
– Buffalo as a CEDAW city (Convention for the Elimination of all Discrimination Against Women, an international UN Convention passed by 130 countries. USA is not a party to the Convention.)

HEALTHY AND EMPOWERING EDUCATION SPACES FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN:
– Implement DASA in schools (measurable goals: each school has a DASA officer, has signed on to the 5×5 platform, each school lists ways they are complying with DASA, each school lists ways they are increasing compliance with DASA)
– Addressing bullying in schools
– Increased high school graduation rates for girls
– Increased access to higher education for girls and women
– Accountability and resources for addressing sexual assault in schools
– Provide students and youth with a resource guide for addressing prominent issues

WOMEN’S RIGHT TO HEALTH:
– More advocacy for women in the healthcare system (measurable goals: address language, cultural and other barriers in the healthcare system, for women of color, women living in poverty and low-income women, and women in general, by: having more doulas in hospitals, more birth education in hospitals, more advocacy in hospitals).
– destigmatize and improve access to pregnancy prevention and termination/abortion, and pass the Reproductive Health Care Act which preserves women’s right to choose in NYS no matter what happens to Roe v. Wade nationally.
– Buffalo as a CEDAW city (see 1st goal, above)
– Buffalo as a Sanctuary/certified Welcoming city

WOMEN’S RIGHT TO SAFETY AND FREEDOM FROM VIOLENCE:
– Decrease the harm that men cause to women
– Decrease sexual assault in WNY and larger society
– Decrease domestic violence in WNY and larger society
– Increased awareness and actions about the war machine, including divestment
– Providing equal representation to counter-recruit the military, equal access to alternatives to the military; preventing the ‘economic draft’.
– Address the disparities and conditions in the Erie County Holding Center, including passing County Law 78 which mandates a professional Advisory Board with teeth for the Sheriff’s Dept.

CARE FOR MOTHER EARTH:
– Full cleanup of the longstanding nuclear waste in West Valley, including continued rejection of DOE’s proposal to relax definition of High Level Radioactive Waste
– No new fossil fuel pipelines in WNY, especially No Northern Access Pipeline (NAPL)
– Increased awareness and actions about Mother Earth, our connection to it, and our dependence on it and the creation.
– Decreased local carbon footprint
– 100% Renewable WNY (Of note: Buffalo & Erie Co already uphold Paris Accords)

March Route:

MARCH The march will start at about 3:50pm and proceed up Delaware past the US Courthouse and the Immigration Court, where we need true respect for the Constitution and our Statue-of-Liberty pledge to the world; then take a right onto Mohawk; then right on Franklin, going past the County offices and Old County Hall; right on Church to a right onto Delaware, bringing us past the Erie County Holding Center, scene of dire need and big problems. Map also attached.

wnypeace.org