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Women’s Convention: ‘Millions of Women Coming Together to Stand Up and Fight Back’

Common Dreams – Staff – Saturday 28 October 2017

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“More than ever, we need all women and allies to come together to collectively reclaim our time.”

Nine months after the Women’s March, a sell-out crowd of 4,000 people, mostly women, gathered in Detroit’s Cabo Center this weekend for the Women’s Convention.

The Women’s Convention was organized by the leaders of the Women’s March, the January 21 protest that turned became the largest mass demonstration in US history.

Women’s March leaders Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez, working jointly with a network of coordinators and volunteers, put together a convention which reflects “a comprehensive, intentional and inclusive process” from grassroots activists, movement leaders, and partner organizations across the country.

Four co-organizers of the Women's March on Washington, from left: Tamika Mallory, a gun control advocate and board member of The Gathering for Justice; Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York; Bob Bland, the chief executive of Manufacture New York; and Carmen Perez, executive director of The Gathering for Justice, in New York, Jan. 4, 2017. Conversations surrounding the march on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, are alienating some women, even as organizers stress unity and inclusion. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

Four co-organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, from left: Tamika Mallory, a gun control advocate and board member of The Gathering for Justice; Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York; Bob Bland, the chief executive of Manufacture New York; and Carmen Perez, executive director of The Gathering for Justice, in New York, Jan. 4, 2017. Conversations surrounding the march on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, are alienating some women, even as organizers stress unity and inclusion. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

The theme of the convention is “Reclaiming Our Time”, inspired by Representative Maxine Waters, the 78-year-old California Democrat, whose “reclaiming my time” remarks went viral after the Congresswoman asserted her authority during a House committee hearing in July.

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Photo: Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters from California.

In a statement, Waters said that while speaking at the Women’s March, she was inspired by the movement unfolding “millions of women coming together to stand up and fight back.”

“With every decision this [Trump] Administration has made in the months since, things have become worse for our country, but our resistance has become stronger and bolder,” Waters said. “More than ever, we need all women and allies to come together to collectively reclaim our time.”

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“In the lead-up to the march, there wasn’t a real vision for what would come next,” said Cassady Fendlay, a national spokeswoman for the Women’s March. “But after the huge success of the march, we began to hear from women who were hungry for training on how to organize and run for office. So we decided to bring all of these women together in one place for a weekend.”

REFILE - REFILING WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONOrganizers Linda Sarsour (C), Carmen Perez (2nd R) and Bob Bland (R) lead during a 'Day Without a Woman' march on International Women's Day in New York, U.S., March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Photo: REFILE – REFILING WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Organizers: Tamika Mallory (L) Linda Sarsour (C), Carmen Perez (2nd R) and Bob Bland (R) lead during a ‘Day Without a Woman’ march on International Women’s Day in New York, U.S., March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The New York Times reported:

“After the Women’s March in Washington and demonstrations around the country, some had questioned whether the efforts could keep up steam, particularly given the wide range of issues being addressed. In the months since the marches, smaller groups, known as “huddles,” have met around the country. Organizers said more than 5,000 such meetings had occurred, and pointed to the turnout at the weekend convention as more evidence that a sustained movement had emerged.”

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Big fear from our Paternal leaders over women gaining power as all the organizers of a ‘Day Without a Woman’ march on International Women’s Day in New York, U.S., March 8, 2017 were arrested, handcuffed & jailed even the pregnant Bob Bland as shown in the following pictures:

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PS Don’t lose hope & remember how far we have come as girls & women seeking the same rights that men have in this society. We have a long way to go as most of us women still can’t make a living wage to support ourselves & our families if needed. Still too many of us die in child birth & we do not have the same medical coverage as most men. Let’s all strive to put human rights at the top of the list for everyone–not just mankind–it’s all of us–humankind–men & women existing, working together, sharing the planet & in the prosperity as well. We need each other.

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