How To Participate In & Support The Women's March Sit-In On Monday

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On May 8, it will have been six months since the presidential election. Since then there have been countless protests and acts of civil disobedience demanding change and drawing attention to major issues including women’s rights, the rights of the LGBTQ community, and the importance of science as an integral part of modern society. On January 21, 2017, the International Women’s March made history with approximately 2.5 million people participating worldwide. The Women’s March has announced their next action, and they are calling on everyone to take part in it on Monday.
The group is hosting a series of sit-ins at congressional offices nationwide in partnership with the ACLU People Power, United We Dream, Hollaback!, National Lawyers Guild, and The Gathering for Justice.
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According to the Instagram post made by the Women’s March, these sit-ins are for the purpose of sending “a clear message that we will rise up, together, against attacks on our health care, our identities, and our religious freedoms.” The Pledge of Liberation on their website calls out the actions of the Trump administration and leaders of Congress for using “tactics to try and overwhelm us” through the rapid enacting of “harmful and destructive” Executive Orders and legislation. This comes as the final action as a part of the group’s 10 Actions/100 Days campaign that aims to keep the momentum of the Women’s March going by offering ways for people to stay politically engaged.
Their Pledge of Liberation makes a clear call for unity and decries the actions of the administration and Congress by saying, “They mean to divide us into groups with conflicting priorities. We will not let it happen. Our resistance movements are more focused than ever, we know these issues are interrelated.” It continues: “We no longer accept hollow reforms or compromises that help some of our communities but harm others. We will hold demonstrations in solidarity with communities around the country and collectively fight for dignity, justice and freedom.”

Today’s #SignOfResistance is by @nicolaslampert via @justseeds. On Monday, May 8, along with ACLU People Power, United We Dream, Hollaback!, National Lawyers Guild, The Gathering for Justice, and other national and local partners, we will take our resistance directly to our members of Congress. We will send a clear message that we will rise up, together, against attacks on our health care, our identities, and our religious freedoms. We no longer accept hollow reforms or compromises that help some of our communities but harm others. We will hold demonstrations in solidarity with communities around the country and collectively fight for dignity, justice and freedom. We are all part of one movement, and we are not only stronger and more powerful together—our unity is how we survive as people, organizations, and movements. Just as we pledge our allegiance to each other, we will remind our members of Congress of their allegiance to us—the voters. We ask that this allegiance come in the form of real resistance to this administration’s efforts to divide and harm us. This means, among many things, protecting our health care, voting against attempts to further legalize discrimination and violence, and voting for a federal budget that reflects the values five million people marched for on January 21, 2017. (Link in bio) Sign the #PledgeOfLiberation: bit.ly/PledgeOfLiberation Find a demonstration near you or register your own: bit.ly/PledgeDayOfAction • IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A poster in a pink and black filter from a march in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. A large crowd of people appear holding protest signs. Going vertically down the poster is a column of words written in all caps, white text. The words are “Protest, organize, occupy, walk out, resist, strike, shut it down.”

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There are many ways to get involved regardless of your location. The Women’s March website provides guides and materials covering the basics from defining civil disobedience and picketing to how to organize a demonstration. Below are three ways you can take part.
How you can get involved:
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1. Sign the petition, if you can't go to a sit-in or there isn't on in your area.
2. Attend a sit-in, here's how you find one.
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