On Saturday, January 19, 2019, the award-winning Women’s March on Washington Pittsburgh will flood the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh to show the city, nation, and world that Pittsburgh is a city full of champions that are committed to “Building Bridges Stronger than Hate.” The women of Pittsburgh and our allies will stand together to say that only through the work of our hands can we push back the tide of sexism, racism, hate, the war on democracy and reproductive health that has risen in our country and our world. Only together can we extend the progress that some parts of our city and region have achieved to every neighborhood. When we stand together against violence, including gun violence and police violence, we are stronger and our communities are safer. When we support environmental justice our families and world is healthier. We build those bridges in part by demanding that women, all women, have the resources they need to live safe and healthy lives in every corner of every community of our city and region. We stand to say that much has been done but there is still work to do. We stand together to extend ourselves, even when it is difficult, to defend democracy, to support our neighbors, develop our citizens and always work on building more bridges.
The 2017 Women’s March inspired thousands of women to resist attempts to roll back our rights, to organize their communities and to speak truth to power. In 2018, we lifted up community organizers, began a new wave of transformational politics, worked hard for voter turnout and encouraged women and our allies to run for office. That wave of women is moving through our city, region, state and country. The 2019 Women’s March in Pittsburgh marks two years of resistance to those who would attack our rights and the rights of our sisters, two years of supporting emergent community organizers, inspiring new leaders, starting new projects, saying no to hate and white nationalism and two years of building power. This time we're coming back to stand together, “Building Bridges Stronger than Hate.”
The Women's March on Washington Pittsburgh and our allies work hard for democratic policies that support the worth and dignity of all. We recognize that women have intersecting identities and are impacted by a multitude of social justice and human rights issues. We work towards a representative vision for a government that is based on the principles of liberty and justice for all. As women, at the center of our work is pushing on back the tide of hate in our neighborhoods. In particular, we work to end racism, incuding seeking justice for black lives, to end sexism, Islamaphobia, antisemitism, xenophobia, anti-immigrant status, homophobia, transphobia, and hate. They work together to give power to white supremacy and those who would divide our community. We acknowledge First Nations people and the crimes against them that led to the establishment of our country. We stand united against racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and discrimination due to health status. We are united against those that would limit our neighbor's ability to vote, foment hate and violence against the Jewish Community, the Muslim community, immigrants and refugees, people of color, LGBTQ people, diminish the rights of the disabled community and push forward a war on women’s bodies, including the right to choose. We care deeply about neighbors, neighborhoods, and communities. We recognize that gun violence has shattered too many of the lives here in our city and beyond. We declare that gun violence is a public health crisis. We demand solutions, sensible gun control and implementation of violence intervention programs. We demand Congress recognize all forms of gun violence, including violence committed by police, as a part of this public health crisis. For our common good, we must build connections that will take us into 2020 and beyond. Bridges stronger than hate can connect us to our future.
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Speakers will be ASL interpreted. At Market Square, there will be reserved seating for those who need it, a standing area near the ASL interpreter reserved for the deaf and hard of hearing, and an ADA-compliant port-a-john. Throughout the event, volunteers will provide assistance to the blind and vision impaired upon request.
Information about accessibility at the City-County Building sign-making activities will be forthcoming. We invite everyone who uses wheelchairs, mobility scooters, walkers, etc as well as families with children to lead the March.
Transportation and Parking:
The Women's March Pittsburgh strongly encourages attendees to use public transpiration on the day of the March. To find the best bus route from your location into downtown you can use the Pittsburgh Port Authority website: http://portauthority.org/paac/SchedulesMaps/TripPlanner.aspx
If you do decide to drive we recommend carpooling with friend and neighbors. http://parkpgh.org/
lists all city owned garages in the downtown area, along with real time information about available spaces in each one.
DATE: SATURDAY JANUARY 19, 2019
TIME: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
LOCATION: March will gather at Grant Street, at 11:30 a.m. and end at Market Square. Speakers and more at 12:30 p.m. in Market Square.