Women are going to march on Washington D.C. on Jan. 21, and Native American women are planning to add their numbers to what promises to be a diverse group composed of many political, cultural and racial persuasions.
The Women’s March is being sponsored by 29 different organizations, including high-profile entities such as Amnesty International, the AFL-CIO, the National Organization for Women, NAACP, VoteProChoice and AFSCME.
Native American women’s groups are eager to add their numbers to what they hope will be a gathering of hundreds of thousands of people. The mission of the march is to make a statement of solidarity about the protection of women’s rights, including reproductive, health, cultural, religious and family issues.
A Native American group called Indigenous Women Rise wants to be a part of the event because they say it’s more than about just women’s rights or Native American rights, but the rights of all human beings.
A spokesperson for Indigenous Women Rise also said they want to show their solidarity with other groups, such as immigrants, people of diverse religious faiths, the LGBTQIA community, black and brown people, and many more.
The Women’s March on Washington began as an idea on Facebook where some 160,000 people have already promised to attend.
It’s significant to note that a Native American woman, LaDonna Harris of the Comanche Nation, has been named an honorary co-chair of the event. Harris is president of Americans for Indian Opportunity. She is asking the women of her group to wear turquoise scarves or shawls for visual representation and identification at the march event.
The Women’s March will occur that day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States.
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